Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Aug 2014 18:15 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

China should end smartphone subsidies to overseas vendors and give more support to local brands, industry insiders said on Tuesday, as telecom carriers pledged to cut operating expenses and Apple Inc gets ready to debut its next-generation iPhone.

Xiang Ligang, a telecom researcher in Beijing, said cutting carriers' subsidies to foreign-made handsets will not only reduce carriers' operating expense but also leave local players with more market demand.

"It will be a one-stone-two-birds move for the Chinese smartphone industry," he said.

I'm all for doing the same here in Europe and overseas in the US - but, of course, only if it applies to all smartphones, regardless of origin. Let people see what they're really paying for their Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s. Can you imagine if smartphone vendors and carriers can no longer mislead consumers?

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Thu 21st Aug 2014 23:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson
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2005-11-29

Eh, actually after thinking over it I see what you're saying. I think you're right, there doesn't really seem to be much more of a subsidized model in the United States.

Which makes me wonder what the mix of iPhones to other devices is on the carriers now that its the case. And if iPhone US marketshare will take a measurable hit as a result.

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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 22nd Aug 2014 13:08 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think that the current year flagship iphone sales will probably taper off, if they haven't all ready. I think the iphone 5c was in anticipation of this. If you want an iphone, but pay a little less Apple will have a phone for you.

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