Perhaps the main reason was that Apple is a computer, not a cell phone company, so it was trying to recreate its trademark seamless user experience in its first mobile phone as well, capitalizing on a few years of iPod sales lessons. Actually the difference is Microsoft licenses it's software out to companies like Samsung, HTC and now Nokia while Apple sells it's own products so it's not disingenious. Hi, snowgator, thx, it was a lot of work indeed ;-) We included the iPad data since we had extracted the info from Apple's financials while we were at it anyway, because we are thinking of doing a similar comparison for tablets. That would be an interesting follow up, only due to hearing how every Tablet has not sold up to expectations except the iPad and maybe the Playbook.
RTF customers worldwide such as Vodafone Spain, Meteor Ireland and Telus Canada use the same retail display system.
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Target is set to launch its own virtual operator in a bid to compete with Walmart and its Straight Talk venture with Brightspot, set to launch this Sunday and powered by T-Mobile. The service will offer a line of smartphones as well as activation kits with multiple SIM card sizes. The MVNO will also offer additional discounts to Brightspot customers through additional coupons and promotions.
T-mobile cuts prices, adds data to gosmart mobile prepaid plans, T-mobile us (nyse:tmus) updated its gosmart mobile prepaid brand to increase the data speeds of its mid-level plan and to cut the price of its high-end plan. Target announces brightspot, their prepaid wireless service on t-mobile, On monday we learned that t-mobile would be doing away with classic plans at 3rd party retailers like target and walmart. Target brightspot will offer prepaid mobile plans starting october 6, Target will be rolling out a prepaid mobile phone option in conjunction with t-mobile called brightspot, giving customers access to contract-free plan options with their own handset or a new one. T-mobile cuts prices, adds data to gosmart mobile prepaid plans - T-mobile us (nyse:tmus) updated its gosmart mobile prepaid brand to increase the data speeds of its mid-level plan and to cut the price of its high-end plan. Target announces brightspot, their prepaid wireless service on t-mobile - On monday we learned that t-mobile would be doing away with classic plans at 3rd party retailers like target and walmart. Target brightspot will offer prepaid mobile plans starting october 6 - Target will be rolling out a prepaid mobile phone option in conjunction with t-mobile called brightspot, giving customers access to contract-free plan options with their own handset or a new one. Target follows walmart with launch of prepaid mobile service - Target announced own brand of prepaid mobile services this weekend, following the lead of rival retailer walmart. T-mobile enters prepaid card market - T-mobile on wednesday the use of prepaid cards has exploded in the wake of the credit crisis that pushed millions of americans outside of the traditional banking system. Target unveils 'brightspot' prepaid service running on the t-mobile network - 18 hours ago 18 by joseph keller verizon has started rolling out its marshmallow update for the motorola droid maxx 2. ANDROIDTODAY – Some things just cannot ever be fast enough, processor speeds and data transfer rates being just two of them.
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It is currently at the forefront of the consumer electronics lust, and the breakneck pace of innovation in the last few years has caught some of the incumbents totally unprepared. Most probably even Steve Jobs didn't foresee that Apple's iPhone will actually fulfill a dire need for an easy to use pocket computer you can always carry with you and stay connected, which was evidently dormant in a lot of us.Anyway, we might argue until we are blue in the face about the yardstick to measure achievements in the industry, but these are not oil companies providing a necessity, or investment banks, looking for the next sucker. The key differences being touted as advantages by Target against Straight Talk and Verizon include an additional 5% discount with monthly service when tied to a RED Card as well as Gift Cards worth $25 with every 6 months of continuous service.
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Over the years wireless data transfer speeds, and distances, have gradually increased, and now Samsung has worked out how to take things to the next level, boosting data transfer rates by five times. Whether you’re a fan of the massive screen or not, the Nexus 6 is going to be one of the best Android phones of the year.
Profit margins used to be relatively thin, compared to the old guard of oil, financial or military-industrial complex companies, save for a few value added propositions like RIM or HTC, while Nokia was synonymous with cell phones for many people around the world.Who knew four years ago that Apple's rounded thingy that looked like a soap box with a touchscreen and only one button will disrupt the industry like few inventions before and none so fast. These are companies that manufacture electronics for the fickle consumer market, who is their ultimate judge, that is why we combed through the financial statements of the eight most visible cell phone companies. It’ll certainly put up a very good fight against our current reigning champ, the LG G3. Now Nokia and RIM are on a transitional path from which they might never emerge like the companies they were before, while industry ex-stalwarts like Motorola and Sony Ericsson spent this period mostly in the red. What better way to illustrate the game of musical chairs that the mobile phone industry has been playing for four years now, than to trace how are people voting with their hard-earned cash in the times of the Great Recession?MethodologyWe took the quarterly handset business results Q1 2007-Q1 2011, and extracted sales, operating profit and margin, total number of handsets sold, and average selling prices.
Most of these companies don't report net results from the phone divisions, so we went with their operating profits a€“ moreover, we are dealing with international companies, which get taxed differently. Opt for the top back pack just for succeed so it’s possible to quite shine teeth whitening just by selecting a fabulous slick travelling bag by having a decent color choice type.
Samsung and LG don't report the results of their handset divisions separately in the annuals, but they do it in the quarterly earnings presentation slides, so that's what we used.


BlackBerry and palm were always my favorite, my Centro and Curve are the 2 more reliable phones I have compared to my moms iPhone and my Samsung focus. Apple doesn't report its margins for the iPhone or iPad, but a pretty close approximation can be obtained by the gross profit and the operating expenditures share, with the presumption its percentage is similar to the one reported relative to Apple's general sales.We also evened out the reporting periods, since some companies, like RIM, have the first quarter ending in May, for example. Due to the perfect storm of a financial crisis in 2008 when Lehman collapsed, the iPhone popularity taking off, and the appearance of Android, companies that were churning feature phones with rather decent margins, started diving deep into the red at that time. It took until the first months of 2010 for them to recover, and only after they started offering high-margin handsets with Android, some approached breakeven (Sony Ericsson, Motorola), and others started seeing a nice lift in handset profits (HTC, Samsung). LG, which didn't move to Android until Q3 2010, resulting in the LG CEO exit, started seeing diminishing losses with the introduction of Android handsets like the popular LG Optimus One, and now with industry firsts like the LG Optimus 2X or the Optimus 3D. Still, LG recently cut its sales target quite a bit, indicating troubled times ahead for the world's 3rd largest cell phone maker.Operating profit in itself doesn't say much, unless we compare to sales, and the chart below shows why Apple, RIM and HTC are taking the profit lead. Apple's profit margin hovered around the 20th percentile when the iPhone was introduced, to reach the stratospheric 40+ percentage rates nowadays. Due to its unique service offerings, RIM is also enjoying 20-30% operating profit margins, despite offering handsets that can technically be considered lackluster when compared to the best of the competition, which comes to demonstrate how valuable are any unique services you are offering together with your handsets.HTC is the other company that has been doing things right all along, as we wrote in 2008 a€“ it nailed the magic formula to enjoy 20+ % profits before Apple, by producing only high-margin innovative smartphones, since the dawn of Windows Mobile. Had Microsoft made WinMo what WP7 is now earlier, HTC could have exploded, too, despite lacking Apple's clout and brand recognition. Today, thanks to its high-end Android handset it enjoys both, and the average selling price of its phones is second only to Apple's, recently making HTC's chairwoman Cher Wang the richest person on an island of millionaires like Taiwan.
This is undoubtedly due to things like the innovative technologies it introduced with the Super AMOLED display and the Hummingbird chipset last year in a high-margin Android handset. We expect these numbers to receive a boost with unique propositions like the Samsung Galaxy S II this year as well.What is most astonishing, however, is that Apple currently has only 5% of the market, but see all that blue in the OP column in the chart above for Q1 2011? It rakes in more than half of the industry's operating profit that is up for grabs, thata€™s how seismic the iPhone disruption was. Due to the stratospheric average selling price of its units compared to the other players, its profit margin of more than 40% for the iPhone is outstanding compared to, say, the low teens for Samsunga€™s whole lineup. Average selling price, number of handsets sold, market shareAnd here we arrive at the all important metric of Average Selling Price (ASP) in the cell phone business. That's the amount each handset a company produces gets sold for on average via all channels a€“ carriers, retail, and so on. We can write volumes about the added value people see in handsets made by Apple, RIM or HTC, which make a phone for roughly $200 in components and assembly (even less for RIM), plus some R&D, marketing and administrative expenses, and then sell it retail for respectively $600+, $304 or $359 in the first quarter of this year. Apple is looming particularly large here, prepaying suppliers like Samsung in huge amounts, or loaning them money for specialized equipment, thus corralling whole component markets for itself, achieving rock bottom component prices which nobody else can match. People wanted the most intimate of their gadgets a€“ their phone - to offer effortless individuality, and thata€™s what Apple went for a€“ creating a status symbol, as usual.
The ever forward-looking Wall Street recognized that it's been enough time for the competition to recover from the disruption knockdown Apple sent it into, and is starting to come up with answers of its own.
This year has been huge for quality Android handsets, and next year we are expecting Microsoft to really enter the game with Windows 8 for tablets and its Nokia sidekick for phones.Until the competition's efforts start really paying off, however, Apple will keep laughing all the way to the bank. It is one of the few American companies with high net cash deposits and no debt - the ultimate measure of success in the pre-a€?financial innovationa€? era.
Its cash and equivalent holdings are expected to near $100 billion in a few quarters, enough to buy the whole cell phone making business outright, which would be silly, of course - by now Apple is most likely thinking of conquering a whole new segment, like TV business, for instance. What will be its future, though, and if it will become complacent like so many successful companies before, remains to be seen, especially with CEO Steve Jobs having to battle health issues and shying away from the daily grind.Can Apple continue disrupting and innovating without "CEO of the decade" Steve Jobs at the helm of day to day operations? More so, without his constant internal drive to prove the Silicon Valley crowd that dismissed him once what Apple stands for?
Wall Street doesn't think so, but its herd mentality has been wrong more often than Apple in the last few years, so we are bracing ourselves for a crazy mobile industry ride this year and the next. Phone ??rena will keep an eye on the financials of all the major players involved, and update them when new info comes out, so you can follow closely how things are unraveling.



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