Good pt. Did NTT D get a smaller share of iPhones than Softbank?
But then, what phone did they get when they jumped? Or are they contentedly waiting?
[email protected] wrote: »
Where did you get your information singlecore? I doubt it. My country's iPhone 5S are out of stock as well at all 3 mobile phone carriers. Usually when there's stock, the stores are always packed within the first 2 months of iPhone launch.
Apple has to take some of the blame.
applehawk wrote: »
If I'm Apple I would give more phones to the other companies anyway just to reward their loyalty for being the first with Apple.
jragosta wrote: »
I don't know what the laws are like in Japan, and I'm not even sure what the laws would say on the matter in the U.S., but I'd be very, very careful before using aupply as a weapon. Even if it's legal, when your customers see that you are willing to beat them up like that, it interferes with long term loyalty.
digitalclips wrote: »
Times have sure changed. Back in the 80's and 90's we dealers that shifted lots of Apple boxes got all sorts of priorities ... product supply in times of shortage, new products first, support folks from Apple when needed, marketing dollars etc.. Plus some pretty awesome trips for the CEOs. I went on the Orient Express, had box seats at the start /finish line at the San Marino Grand Prix ... a trip to visit Apple HQ in Cupertino (from London) .. to name but a few ... all on Apple's dime .. all for shifting more boxes than rival dealers. That's kind of a loyalty payback I'd say.
Spite it a horrible business strategy. Extracting some vengeance as a bonus is fine, but never as your intent.
I have lived in Japan for 30 years and worked in mobile for 20 of those.
DoCoMo needs some iPhone service differentiation from SB and au.
As a first step in stemming the hemorrhage, it could offer subscribers the chance to unlock an iPhone free-of-charge after 2 months on contract (like many Eu carriers). Neither SB (a dreadful company) nor au offer unlocking even after an iPhone goes out of contract after 2 years.
Second, DoCoMo could advertise its far far superior network/cell coverage compared to SB, which is semi-ok in cities and beyond awful in the countryside. As an example, the SB signal in my home less than 8 km from central Tokyo is –118 dB (practically non-existent where –120 dB is no signal). Outside the cities, SB iPhones are mostly a brick.
DoCoMo's key problem is that it is perceived by the younger generation as an old-fashioned company good for the era of Mom and Pop landlines but not for modern mobile and cloud services. This image might be undeserved but the company did itself no favors with plain butt-headed stupidity in the face of SB/Apple's iPhone marketing moves over the last 4 years.
As an aside, there is no shortage of 5s and 5c units here—I could walk into any DoCoMo shop and walk out with one in 10 minutes, and I would if they offered unlocking.
Here's an idea... docomo can stock up and offer fones from Sammy with B-I-G screens and the Android, for the happiness life of their distinguishing users. Because everyone knows Apple phones have too smaller screens and a knockoff OS. Right?
joking aside...this illustrates that apple should rethink their launch strategy to fewer countries and concentrate on first meeting that demand..based on the iphone checker - there is 0 supply of the 5s in NYC
…this illustrates that apple should rethink their launch strategy to fewer countries and concentrate on first meeting that demand...
You’re sure you put joking aside?