Apple has a fantastic run so far in the US market. Elsewhere, the same cannot be said, especially outside the US market, like the European ones, or the Asian ones.
Yes, there have been many iPhones sold. Quite a lot of people had to wait for their iPhones in some countries of South Asia. It’s a good sign for Apple, sure, but there are several questions being raised now.Case in point is the European sales report that has shown that in many countries like Greek and Portugal, shipments of smartphones of $300 or more have reduced much. Android market has been doing good too. This indicates two things:
The lack of a good subsidized rate for iPhones with contracts in the countries.
The presence of good Android alternatives for cheaper rates and good subsidies.
Apple’s policies have worked well in the US with almost all the carriers very eager to pay the company millions of dollars for letting them sell the contract iPhones for subsidized rates. An 8GB iPhone could be had for as low as $199 on the contract models. However, when it comes to the unlocked, contract-free iPhones, the starting point itself is a whopping $649 – way too high for the average guy wanting to have a smartphone.An inexpensive iPhone has never really occurred in countries other than US. This is because of the lack of any good subsidy offered by the service providers within that country. Major carriers in Spain, Denmark, Germany, Greece etc. have been looking at the smartphone with little interest because they do not want to invest a huge amount to get make the Apple smartphone a cheap iPhone that everyone can buy with contract. But of course, this is not the only reason. Android smartphones have also been a prominent cause for this lack of a popularity of iPhones in the Western market.
Android smartphones from various companies have retailed for as low as $70 even within the US market. So quite apparently, both service providers and smartphone manufacturers seem to be quite happy about going all Android. A recent report of Android device activations shows that Android has almost swept over in almost all the countries where iPhone hasn’t had a good say. Time for inexpensive iPhone? May be. Hope Apple hears it all!