Rumor of Verizon Apple iPhone 5 discount suggests new model is coming
Considering that Verizon hasn't said a word about having a problem moving the iPhone 5, could this be a way to clear out inventory before the next iteration of the device is launched? Or is this a way to keep customers from bolting because of the extremely late May 30th launch date for the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Regardless of the reason behind the deal, a $100 price cut on the Apple iPhone 5 should result in some brisk business for the nation's largest carrier.
source: @evleaks via SlashGear
1. Doakie (Posts: 729; Member since: 06 May 2009)
You know. I'm glad they are releasing a refreshed iPhone because I remember the days when the iPhone was the phone to beat when it came to hardware. Recently the iPhone has been the phone to thoroughly stomp into the ground and laugh about it in the specs department. Sure I know they are still the best sellers, but they're just not a hardcore users phone, they are the phones you recommend to grandmas and old mothers. To tout that it sells the best is like a Camry driver mocking a Corvette driver because there are more of their cars on the road. Fanboys might not like it but the iPhone is just sub par these days. Refresh the phone for all the Camry drivers then bring out a 4.5" phone in September to take to the race track.
23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2741; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
If that's the truth then I'm the king of switzerland.
24. YouGotTrolledSon (banned) (Posts: 41; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)
one of the dumbest comments i've ever read
5. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 925; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I agree with your statement. I love what the iPhone has done for the evolution of smartphones, BUT they are sub par when it comes to internal specs and features. The iPhone was noted as the phone to buy for my generation (25-34) when they were introduced in 2007.................now their market could be the older generation because of how simple the phone is. Its a little sad, but that how much technology has changed since then. Going back six years ago in technology is like going back 200 years in human evolution lol
6. darkkjedii (Posts: 8911; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I'd rather have a Camry that runs great, than a vette that's always in the shop though. The s4 is the vette, but look at all the issues it's having and that's with it's huge specs. The iPhone has less specs but generally runs smoother. Also you say the iPhone is what you'd recommend to grandmas and mothers... Grandmas and mothers represent the mainstream consumer, which just happens to be apples target demographic...you know the ones that drive Camries. PS. I own an 05 C6, and it's hardly ever in the shop.
14. JunitoNH (Posts: 713; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
You are so right. When you buy a new Android all is well, but eventually with time and use the true Android comes out. Regardless what you think, there is not a more or better stable OS, besides maybe windows.
7. datsyuk (Posts: 146; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Everyone seems to forget that the iPhone's CPU/GPU is always up to date or one of the very best. The iPhone 5 has had the GPU (clocked a little slower) that the better variant, the Octa S4 just came out with not too long ago. I'll agree that they lack in screen size and OS but the quality is always pretty great.
THAT SAID, the iPhone is very boring and does need to catch up in other aspects haha.
11. Droiddoes (unregistered)
Of course the iphail's cpu runs faster, it doesn't have to work as hard since thewre really isn't much going on internally.
It's like having a 1 ton truck and bragging that it can pull an empty trailer without any visible strain. Well yeah, it's not really doing anything.
17. darkkjedii (Posts: 8911; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
No it's not like that at all. It's like saying droiddoes, when really droiddoesn't
18. 9thWonderful (Posts: 228; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
i'm a hardcore phone user & i use an iPhone so the grandma/mother argument is a little immature. say what you want about it not having the latest options iPhone is just a smoother option in terms of performance. I've had countless androids & i always feel like something is missing, almost like the software isn't fully baked. most androids are like a triple cheeseburger (unless we're talking Steak N' Shake which isn't bad)...it looks good & all but its unnecessary. same for android...they offer a lot of features (most of them good but many of them unnecessary & extra).
19. CreeDiddy (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
Your thought of what a smartphone is Android. I get it. However, this is what my iPhone does that people don't think they have capability of doing:
1. VPN access to my iPhone device to my desktop computer
2. Control my DirecTV, Onkyo Receiver through my network
3. Heavy streamer through iTunes and through Airplay.
4. Airplay websites, Spotify, iTunes library.
5. Use AppleTV to play apps from my phone or iPad
6. Use Google Now to find, navigate, and find products I want.
Remember this is all accessible through my iPhone. This sounds more sophisticated than having widgets, a 5" - 6" screen, and customization.
Remember the only reason why iOS, Android, BB, and Windows is successful because of a certain group of people. "Developers". Without app developers all of the platforms would be boring.
You haven't insulted me regarding your comments about grandma and grandpa phones, however, I use my phone more sophisticated than most Android and iOS users.
22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2741; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
This is such a bs misconception. iPhones for grandmas and old mothers? Well I guess Androids are for lower income users and people who can't afford more premium smartphones.
See how your logic works now? The iPhone is for people who wants a phone that just works. It does no good to have a smartphone that has a bunch of features if it doesn't work out well in the end. Look at the Galaxy SIV and how people are complaining because TouchWiz uses up so much memory and resources.
I don't see how your example applies in any way shape or form.
26. godinruin (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
The Camry comment was a bit off. Because Camrys are cheaper than Corvettes, but iPhones are not cheap. Well, they are cheap. But not for the my wal....nevermind I read into this comment too much.
4. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
Actually the useless iphone and Verizon make a great couple. They are both pitiful and useless.
9. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1123; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
yeah i agree with you samsung plastic toy is the greatest things in this world
25. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
The best coverage in the country is useless? Uhmmmm okay then....
8. medicci37 (Posts: 538; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Or the discounts could be due 2 weak sales.
13. Hemlocke (unregistered)
Since the iPhone was over half of Verizon's smartphone sales last quarter, I highly doubt that.
10. Droiddoes (unregistered)
WOW this is exciting!!!! I wonder if it will be indistinguishable from the 5, just like the 4S was to the 4?
15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5842; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It's only obvious.
3G vs. 3GS?
4 vs. 4S?
5 vs. ___?
27. godinruin (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
It's a code. We have to solve the iCode. Let me grab my secret iCoder Ring.
12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 943; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
This is more like cleaning house because of slow sales. I bet Apple sales more iphone 4 and 4s models just because of the price. People that want a iphone 5 already have a iphone 5. Everyone is trained to wait for the next model anyway. It's so predictable.
20. ronjr123 (Posts: 59; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
This is probably more of the reason. I don't think they break iphone sells down by model, but I suspect that the 5 hasn't been selling as good as the 4s. Thus question is what will that do to the price of the 4s. Will it be free? If so, does that mean the end of life of the 4?
21. fanboy1974 (Posts: 943; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I don't even know why Apple still offers the iPhone 4. That phone is crappy with the latest iOS and I can only imagine what's going to happen with iOS 7. If my wife's first gen iPad is any indication it's going to be a crippled upgrade with missing features. This is like releasing Jellybean on the Droid X. Sometimes the hardware from 2 years ago is just not up to the task compared to when you first bought.
28. quakan (Posts: 1064; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
They offer it because it's free on a 2 year contract and price sensitive consumers see it as a good deal. Keep in mind, some people this might be their first iPhone so they figured that they would get the free one and try it out. 2 years from now they may decide to get the most current iPhone. Let's not forgot that Apple has a high retention rate.