Apple and AT & T strike back at the gray iPhone market
While the iPhone community strenuously cracked the second version of the iPhone firmware (and I must say, very successfully), Apple and AT & T found another way to give it a pig. Today it became aware of changes in the conditions of sale and activation of the communicator.
Now it became clear why Apple went on such a radical decline in prices for new models. The fact is that the company has completely changed the format of its relationship with AT & T. If before the devices were sold at full market value, and Apple received its commissions from the subscriberвЂ™s account from the operator, now AT & T pays for Cupertino for each iPhone sold, but thatвЂ™s where the deductions end.
Thus, Apple will be able to more aggressively compete with counterparts from Blackberry or Windows Mobile, and AT & T will receive a fresh batch of new subscribers. Everyone is happy? Yes, with the exception of dealers.
In order to purchase an iPhone, two major changes have occurred. First, now you can activate the device only in the Apple or AT & T store. But it's okay, another thing is that the buyer, who does not activate the iPhone within 30 days after its purchase, will now be penalized. Their size remains to be seen, but good enough.
Then there are two possible scenarios: either the second-hand dealer simply turns off his вЂњbusinessвЂќ, or ... include the cost of penalties in the price of the вЂњgrayвЂќ iPhone. We multiply this by the entrepreneurial spirit of the subsequent intermediaries and get not at all 200 or even 300 dollars, but much more.
That's how the dream of the popular iPhone 3G is crumbling ... :-(