Originally Posted by Gatorguy
Why would Google pay commissions on Android phone sales?
That makes no sense to me at all, and there's zero evidence they've ever done so anymore than Apple has.
I asked several days ago in another thread if anyone had any proof that commissions on Android or Windows phones were any higher than those paid for Apple, or even if commissions are typically paid to carrier salespeople at all on phone sales. Jrogosta, perhaps you have something that shows there's merit to the claim, or even your implication that Google might be commissions to carriers to push Android phones. In all the time I've been here I've not seen anyone provide that, which increasingly points to it simply being an unsupported talking point.
Regardless of whether sales staff are receiving spiffs or higher commissions for selling Android phones, it's very clear that carriers are heavily pushing Android phones on customers because it benefits them. They pay less for the phones themselves, they get more control over the user experience (including the ability to install key loggers), and all of that adds up to more money for the carriers. So, it doesn't really matter whether sales staff are pushing Android down people's throats because they benefit by supplementing their pay (which is very likely the case) or simply by being allowed to keep their jobs. It's clear, from this and other surveys among other evidence, that this is happening, and it's not necessary to identify the precise ultimate cause to establish that it is, and that it's the primary reason for what market success Android has had. Pretend all you want, but average users really don't love Android, and recent numbers confirm that they switch to iPhone in significant numbers when they are free to do so, and iPhone users don't switch in significant numbers.
Android and Android phones represent the typical crappy experience that carriers have traditionally provided, and consumers don't like it.
On the other hand, there's no reason we should entirely reject the notion that Google is itself incentivizing carriers to push Android phones through financial or other means. That we don't have a smoking gun doesn't mean they aren't. And, in fact we do. Google cut that deal with Verizon to undermine net neutrality, after paying lip service to how important it was for years, which was very likely a deal that involved Verizon agreeing to favor Android, even when they got the iPhone. So, it's not like we don't know that Google is a two-faced liar that will whore out any expressed principle for financial gain.