Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 11:08 UTC
Apple "European Union regulators are examining the contracts Apple strikes with cellphone carriers that sell its iPhone for possible antitrust violations after several carriers complained that the deals throttled competition." Well paint me red and call me a girl scout.
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Which is a load of crap - Telecom provide a $0 iPhone 5 32Gb at $159 per month and over its life (minus GST) it brings in $3318 to the company with the cost of the phone being $1042 (GST excluded) meaning that Telecom NZ makes $2000+ over the life of the contract off the consumer if he or she chooses the $0 offer. I'd like you to actually back up what you said with some evidence - you know, provide a link to a company providing the phone on contract at a low price and them not being able to recuperate the cost and make a profit - I'm here waiting and it's time for you to either put up or shut up.

You're obviously a complete moron. New Zealand is probably the only country in the world where anyone pays such massive prices.

In Australia phones are typically sold on 24 month plans costing only $30-60/month [sometimes with a small handset fee].

In Australia (Vodafone) total cost on a 24 month contract:

iPhone 5 16GB -$1584 (~$800 gross margin)

Galaxy SIII 16GB - $1400 (~$1100 gross margin)

Australian carriers also pay far more than other countries for spectrum. This further erodes profits.

Many Australian phone shops don't display iPhones. In fact the staff basically pretend they don't exist. The reason is because they aren't very profitable.

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