Originally Posted by physguy
Zo, I would say to you 'stop drinking the feature koolaid'. While I haven't had a 'smartphone' prior to the iPhone I have had a large number of PDA from the newton to the palm. And I can easily say that I never used those because of the difficulty in using them. I do use the iPhone, all of the function, constantly. I had given up buying PDA like devices because, while I could use them they were more trouble than they were worth.
I watched my friend, who just bought a brand new, top end blackberry, and he tried to show me a photo - this took almost 5 minutes of fumbling around. This is after about 2 months of using the phone. Yes, I know the balckberry is not a nokia, but if I described something about a nokia i'd get '...but a blackberry..'. I know the feature lists are not on par.
As far as 'extortion', the use of these pejorative terms, 'extortion', 'monopoly', etc. in these discussions is ridiculous. This is a purchase of a luxury device from a minority player in the mobile market. None of these terms apply in any way, shape, or form.
Hold on hold on.. I never said that the present day iPhone sucks or what not. Its fantastic. BUT. But there is MORE it can do.
Hell, Apple itself just said that they approximate 250k users (of 1.2mil) are hacking their iPhones. Or unlocking them. Or both.
I'd say that gives a pretty damn strong signal.
Otherwise, back on topic, a phone that costs 399euro (with carrier) and suddenly costs 750euro unlocked is unheard of in Europe.
Not that it really matters. Anyone who REALLY wants an unlocked iPhone in Europe is already ordering them directly from the USA, unlocked, for less than 399euros. I've come across a dozen websites that offer them.
Apple wants to sell them in Europe for 399eur (568usd)
That means Apple will make about 40% MORE on the SAME handset just keeping the Euro/Dollar at same numbers
TODAY: "Savvy" users are buying directly from the USA at 399usd (=279euros), or about 40% less
Apple is already losing (or has already lost) the people who will buy the full priced unlocked iPhone.
They are ALSO losing the early adopters who might switch or buy the locked, normal iPhone.