Migrate to a 3g iPhone?

My wife and I have been thinking about trading in our 2g iPhones for a pair of new ones. The sleak design and additional GPS feature would be useful.

What stands in the way?

Well, for starters the fPhoto 3act that the data plan costs $10 more per month than with the 2g phone. Again, the only difference in the two phones from a feature perspective is GPS – so why the price difference… and why do I have to abandon my superior plan?

Second, is the actual price of the phone. The new iPhone prices at $599 if you do NOT sign up for a new plan at the time you buy the phone. What an absolute rip-off! It’s peers price more than 20% less than that. If you are willing to bend over and “take it” (the plan, that is) they will be happy to sell you the phone for $199. So lame. So lame- in fact – you would think Apple had employed Dell’s customer service or Microsoft’s product management (two abysmally unsuccessful groups grasping at straws for a clue) to develop the marketing plan and sales playbook for the 3g iPhone.

OK APPLE — “LISTEN UP”: Why not offer EXISTING 2g customers a “migration path” to the new product? It seems foolish to lock up the early adopters in the old 2g model. These are your evangelists! They should have your latest products!
These are the people that helped get the word out about your phone product initially before you had a track record. So why do you punish them?

How can you help them, Apple?  Offer a trade-in program for working 2g phones with active AT&T contracts:  Trade in a 2g phone + $199 for a new iPhone 3g AND stay on your existing plan BUT add 2 additional years to the contract length. This would serve everyone’s interests and likely boost adoption rates.
This is the most logical path for Apple to take to increase penetration and help reduce acct erosion when Android is more widely deployed later this year. Think about it. I’m waiting….


0 Responses to “Migrate to a 3g iPhone?”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Moments - powered by Flickr

RSS Economy – Powered by BookMach

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.


Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

RSS MarketPulse

  • Oil prices finish higher after news of Saudi pledge to cut exports, Nigeria plans to cap output July 24, 2017
    Oil finished higher Monday for the first time in three sessions. Prices got a boost following news that Saudi Arabia has pledged to cut its crude exports starting next month and Nigeria agreed to cap its output once it has climbed to 1.8 million barrels a day, according to The Wall Street Journal. September WTI crude rose 57 cents, or 1.3%, to settle $46.34 […]
  • Alphabet adds Google CEO Sundar Pichai to board July 24, 2017
    Alphabet Inc. announced Monday that is has added Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai to its board. In a reorganization two years ago that created the Alphabet umbrella corporation, Google cofounder Larry Page became the CEO of Alphabet and Pichai rose to lead the most important Alphabet asset, Google. Since then, Pichai has become one of the most prominent […]
  • CFRA sticks with hold rating on Arconic, citing uncertainty about CEO search, Grenfell Tower liability July 24, 2017
    CFRA said Monday it is sticking with a hold recommendation on shares of Arconic Inc. , after the spinoff from Alcoa Inc. reported second-quarter earnings. Analyst Matthew Miller said his 12-month price target of $27 implies an EV/EBITDA multiple of 9.0 times his 2017 EBITDA view, a discount to peers that trade at an average forward EV/EBITDA of 9.3 times. Th […]
  • Gold settles with a slight loss, ending its streak of gains July 24, 2017
    Gold prices saw a small loss Monday--enough to put an end to their six-session streak of gains. Prices turned lower as U.S. dollar added to earlier strength, with the ICE U.S. Dollar Index up 0.2% at 94.03, near the session's high of 94.12, as gold prices settled. A stronger dollar often pressures prices for gold that's traded in the greenback. Aug […]

%d bloggers like this: