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Users crave the new iPhone 4S, break contracts and pay ETFs to get one

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Users crave the new iPhone 4S, break contracts and pay ETFs to get one
Many users are craving the new iPhone 4S and have terminated their contracts before they end often paying more than a $100 in early termination fees, only to get the latest from Apple, a survey by newly-founded Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) reveals. 

CIRP surveyed iPhone buyers in the period from October 31st to November 10th, and found that nearly a half, or 45% of all buyers, had to terminate their contracts early to get the new iPhone. Among those, the overwhelming majority, or 70% of them, had to pay over $100. Needless to say, this confirms that the new iPhone 4S is selling very well with persisting demand. What it actually reveals, though, is that those consumers buying the iPhone are determined that it’s the right choice and don’t care to even pay a hefty ETF. We doubt that anyone liked giving an additiona $100 or so to make a purchase.

The survey also found out that 90% of the buyers chose the iPhone 4S and that 37% of the respondents switched carriers to get the handset. While it shouldn’t be indicative of carrier’s sales figures, the majority or 49% of the surveyed picked an AT&T-branded iPhone. Verizon iPhone buyers accounted for 34% while only 17% got the Sprint model.

Additionally, the report mentions that online purchases have an increased importance recently. Here are some other interesting findings from the report:

- women tend to pick the white iPhone more often,
- 64GB iPhone 4S models account for 23% of all iPhone 4S sales,
- 30% of the surveyed upgraded from the year-old iPhone 4,
- only 25% of sales were carried on through Apple retail channel.



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posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:17 5

1. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Doesn't really surprise me... I would probably do the same thing to get the Nexus if I didn't use 3/5 of the upgrades on my account. :)

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:34 8

29. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Too bad the Nexus will be pretty much worth 75% less six months from now simply because Android phones are constantly released that the ones already out loses value so quickly.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:58 2

32. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


See, for me that\'s a benefit. In six months i\'m going to want a new phone. I don\'t really care about the value of my current phone because I never sell them anyways...

I\'d rather have a new phone come out every 3-5 months that\'s better than what I have rather than waiting 12-16 months for a new model just so my old phone retains value better.

But that\'s me.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:30 1

38. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


The Point of a Nexus Device is to set a standard for android not to be the best an cost the most its to lead android on a path of improvement and change an all the nexus have done that so far!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 13:12 1

42. TechnoTechyes (Posts: 56; Member since: 24 Jan 2011)


I imagine if the iPhone made greater leaps in technology between devices, the older iPhones would depreciate more. But Android devices soon will be making baby steps too, and older devices will retain their value more. Look at the 18 month old HTC EVO 4G, those people will be eligible for a new device in 4 months. There is not much that blows it away.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:19 11

2. Packer29 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


No surprise at all it's an awesome phone!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:35 5

30. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Yes sir, you are correct.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:24 12

3. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, people actually spent 399.99 + taxes for the 64GB model? My RAZR was a penny and it came with 32GB, expandable to 48GB for a few dollars more. And, they say the world is in a recession....

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:26 9

4. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Dude, it has Siri.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:31 8

7. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


LOL, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, ok.....well, then that makes a lot of sense...let me return my phone and buy that one.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:34 2

20. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Damn right.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 18:10 1

52. systamatics (Posts: 63; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


a gimmick , son

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:32 3

27. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


You can't compare memory between the two. Most of the Razr's memory is partitioned and unusable to apps and most data.

You also can't compare displays or cameras because the Razr just can't compete.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:00

33. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Good thing he didn\\\'t compare display or camera... and what is your definition of \\\"most\\\"? In my experience usually about 10-15% of the storage is unusable.

Also, saying the Razr \\\"can\\\'t compete\\\" is your opinion... in my personal opinion the iPhone can\\\'t compete with the Razr because I would never settle for a 3.5\\\" screen again. Ever.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:07 1

34. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Okay PhoneArena. Can we do something about the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\?!?!! It\'s really getting annoying...

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:22

35. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


The Razr can compete it beats iphone in most specs an Display on iphone just has high res but washed out colors an cameras who cares you dont need to see dust particles and sweat!

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 00:02

53. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Seriously? 667MB for system ROM, 3.22 GB for internal stuff - app - plenty more GB - approx 23.2 on the external and internal memories - yeah, poor RAZR - if I was able to cram 300+ apps on my captivate and that thing had 2GB allowed for installed apps, then I will be ok - plus, I am looking forward to ICS in a couple of months.
RAZR camera - my wife has the iphone 4S - RAZR compares very nicely - thanks.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:27

5. snowgator (Posts: 3277; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Depending on where I was in my contract, I would consider paying an ETF to get what I wanted. It seems as though most buyers still associate the iPhone with AT&T. Also, I would give Sprint time. Pushing the unlimited plans and the iPhone may really give them a great hook to bring some fish aboard.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 15:44

49. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I paid an EFT to get my wife off of Sprint to scoop up Verizon and unlimited LTE just prior to when Verizon went tiered. Luckily I only had a few months left on Sprint so the EFT was not that bad.

Sprint, at least for me, was my worst carrier. Only switched to Sprint because my employer had me on Sprint, so I switched the wife too. Won't make that mistake again.

My next phone will have LTE. The wife's LTE is amazing.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:31 4

6. Slammer (Posts: 1120; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I'm not surprised at the higher than normal buyout. I have colleagues that have consistantly paid the ETF for the next iteration. I actually know one individual that allowed his car to be on the edge of repo just to pay his ETF.

It's sad, but addiction has no limits.

John B.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:39

9. roldefol (Posts: 3124; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Lay off the amyl nitrite, dude.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:42

11. Dmw034 (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Sir I love this post so much, I want to make love to it

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:52 1

12. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


maybe... less caffiene in the morning? lol

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:39 7

10. BlowJobs (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)


Stupid people do stupid things.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:32 2

28. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


And Trolls make stupid comments

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:53 7

13. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


people put cell phones above paying the mortgage in order of priority, so it doesnt really surprise me. See it every day.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 09:17 5

16. Slammer (Posts: 1120; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I saw an episode of Oprah around 6 years ago on the popularity of cellphones. They showed a video of this woman having her house cleared out due to lack of payments. All she kept saying is that she was glad to still have her phone and was damned if they took it from her.

Pathetic display of lacking priorities. Lol.

John B.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:35 3

21. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I guess it depends what you want in life. My goal is to have a Porsche by the time i\'m 25 and i\'ve warned my girlfriend that i\'ll be sleeping in the backseat of the car if that\'s what it takes...


;)

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 15:35 1

47. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its true.. there was a study that was put out in prob 07/08 that had people put their priorities in order. cell phones came in #2 behind food, and above mortgage/rent.

People wonder why companies dare charge as much as they do.. because they know most people will just take it so they dont get the phone turned off.

its rediculous

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 09:04 8

14. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


I really hate hearing Apple success stories after they introduced late technology and call it groundbreaking... I was so sure people would catch on to what apple is doing after the 4S but I was obviously wrong. They so call themselves geniuses but what they do isn't for the better wealth of technology, but for the better wealth of their pockets. I'm not an android fan boy (I own an ipod and ipad) but when I have nothing else to read but about how America (my friends, community, and peers) is lining up over the next "groundbreaking" apple product thats nothing close to groundbreaking, I want to shoot somebody. It saddens me to know that our world is either this stupid or this blind. If another person brags about what their iPhone can do (that my GSII can do better) I might go crazy. Oh and when people ask me if my GSII is an iPhone I take offense... I've come to the conclusion that apple products make you dumb and green robots make you smarter.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 09:15 3

15. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


With all the games sammy and google and verizon are playing! If the iphone 4s had a 4.5 or 4.65 screen and was 4G LTE for verizon I might consider leaving android!
I'm just tired of companies holding s**t back and alway upgrading thier s**t every two months to make your phone obsolete!
I'll give apple "ONE" thing when they release a phone you know it's going to be awesome for a long time and it makes you feel like you have a quality product.
with android they are always doing something new and moving on to something else that they neglect some of their devices.
The Galaxy Nexus should have never had volume issues if they took thier time they would have fixed it. It was only a software bug! How the hell do you miss that?
It makes you wonder why they aren't releasing the phone in the U.S yet! Canada will have the phone before us!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 13:39

45. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wait.. so your worried about a phone being outdated in 2 months, so you are threatening to go to an iphone??? lol. just wanna jump the shark and be obsolete from the start so u dont have to worry about it?? lol

No dual core is going to be obsolete any time soon.. if its released this month or next month, the apps will work the same.. chill out.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:09 3

17. hateftotti (Posts: 146; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Actually Iphone4s is not an awesome phone.Iphone 4 is awful phone that forced them to change it :)

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:12 3

18. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The thing that bothers me about this is that people are going crazy over an incremental upgrade. Are these same people going to feed the beast when the iphone 5 comes out?

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 00:04

54. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Exactly.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:14 4

19. twill713 (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


Gotta love a recession. People are out of work and barely getting by but they just have to get that new toy. I wonder what Siri will tell you when you ask "where's the beef" while staring down at your cup of Ramen noodles.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 15:07

57. Jarahawk (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


Siri: Beef is bad for you. It rots in your intestine for months.

How's that?

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:50

22. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Ok guys I need some advice! This is kind of off this topic. I was looking at the dimensions of the RAZR and Nexus and the RAZR is actually wider than the Nexus!
See I think the wider screen is the adv. in this situation. So are the buttons on the bottom of the Nexus part of the screen? and if they are wouldn't that make the screen about the same size as the RAZR because of the buttons?
I could be totally wrong that's why i'm asking. Do you guys think with the RAZR getting ICS it will be just as good if not better!? The screen resalution is better on the Nexus but thats something I don't care about.
So what are the adv. of waiting for the Nexus? any input would be appreciated. thx

.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:19

24. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1646; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


well this isnt wayyyyy off topic at all, maybe start a discussion board instead of trying in the comments in an iPhone article hmmmm

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:23

25. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


how can i do that?

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:24 1

36. robinrisk (unregistered)


What happens is that the RAZR is wider because of the bezel. The Razr is so thin they needed a wider bezel to put all of the stuff in.

The Nexus Screen is Wider and taller than the RAZR one.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 00:15

55. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


My decision became easy when AMAZON.com had the RAZR for a penny, otherwise I may have bought the SGN - I would have to think it over on only being able to have 32GB of memory. It is a lot and it is a nice phone and is a true GOOGLE phone. Either phone is good - I like the fact that the sim and memory card are side by side on the outside, rather than having to pull off the battery cover like on my Captivate. UI is very good on the RAZR - very unBLUR-like compared to other Motorola phones in the past, at least on AT&T\'s network. Any phone can be touched up some as I rooted the RAZR and removed most of the bloatware, and once ICS is released for it, should be an even better phone. Get whatever you feel is the best phone and just be happy with that decision.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:51 1

23. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Siri may be nice! but that's because she is a whore!!!!!!!!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:26

26. Skyrim (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Is that a picture of the miz?

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:56 2

31. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Somebody is in love with siri! sorry phone geek I know she is the only girl that will give you the time of the day!
Just remember she will talk dirty to you then leave you hanging LOL!!!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:25 1

37. Kalevro (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


The Truth :D
http://9gag.com/gag/824967

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:50

39. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


But with the iDiotPhone 4s**t, available on three of the 4 major carriers where did these ship jumpers come from? Just another BS article to try to convince morons to buy the crap phone

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 12:51

40. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I think they were saying that people already had the iPhone4 on those carriers and paid their ETF to upgrade again on the same carrier (or maybe different one) for the 4S.

That\'s how I understood it at least.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 13:02

41. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


if on a network that they had the i4 then why pay the ETF just pay the full phone price and not hurt your credit rating. Bottom line it makes not much sense except for a pro Apple rumor.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 13:14

43. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Paying the ETF doesn\\\\\\\'t hurt your credit rating?

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 15:05

46. roldefol (Posts: 3124; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You\'re kidding....right?

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 15:12

58. Jarahawk (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


Paying an ETF does not hurt your credit rating. Neither does paying your bill late. The only thing that would hurt your credit rating would be having your account disconnected and then being placed in collections. Wireless carriers don't report to credit bureus in the same manner as banks.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 15:38 1

48. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ummm. paying your ETF does not hurt your credit rating. The only thing that would hurt your credit is if you were more than 30 days late on your bill.. lol :)

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 15:52

50. roldefol (Posts: 3124; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


And even that might not hurt you unless they sic a collection agency on you. I\'ve never seen a utility/cable/phone bill on a credit report, only car loans, student loans, mortgages and credit cards.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 13:28 1

44. km_1964 (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


sad truth...wasting a lot of money on a overrate phone... a lot phones out there that are worthy of every penny...

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 16:15

51. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Very true all the phones now are good maybe even great!
But people are waiting to spend money on a preference! To some people this is the holy grail of phones right now!

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