Report: Apple talking with carriers about $100 price jump for the Apple iPhone 6

Report: Apple talking with carriers about $100 price jump for the Apple iPhone 6
The screen might not be the only thing larger on the Apple iPhone 6. According to Peter Misek, an analyst who plies his trade at Jefferies, Apple is in the midst of negotiating with carriers, a $100 price jump for the next iPhone. The good news is that the mobile operators' initial response has been to reject this attempt by Apple to raise the price of its iconic smartphone.

Other analysts expect the carriers to fall into line with Apple's request. Pac Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves says that the Apple iPhone 6 could be priced at $299 with a carrier subsidy, $749 off-contract. And if Apple does release an iPhone phablet as expected, the price of that phone could be $100 more.

It might seem strange that Apple has to negotiate a price increase with the carriers, but apparently both sides need to approve any price changes based on long term contracts dealing with subsidies. And while it might seem odd to admit that consumers have been favoring lower priced, larger screened devices and then talk about hiking prices, Apple doesn't see itself as constrained by the pricing of rivals and considers its devices to be somewhat immune from the competition because of the Apple name.


source: BusinessInsider via SeekingAlpha

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77 Comments

1. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

"and considers its devices to be somewhat immune from the competition because of the Apple name." LOL Too overpriced and now gets even worse.

22. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

People will buy them anyway.

27. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Hah, not when the competition still has larger screens and costs $100 less.

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There will be some level of sales to the hardcore Apple-addicts, but overall, a $100 price increase will result in further erosion of Apple's market share. Apple is being a pig - $400/handset in margin wasn't enough. Now they want even moooore. Any doubt they care about the consumer should be gone by now.

57. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I'm not sure about that. I'm still willing to see what the new iPhone has in store, seeing as it could tremendously surprise us. BUT if the form factor remains as it has been the past few years (top bezel and bottom remain the same... at least friggin shrink them and remove the physical home button), then many will be EXTREMELY dissatisfied. We want a bigger screen, not just opening up a picture of the 5S in paint and stretching it so the screen is 4.7", but something new. The shape is fine but I guess it's just the bezels that will piss people off.

58. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

And you expect great things from Apple now why? They haven't done anything but shaft customers for the last 3 years for their own bottom line, and so now you Expect them to turn a leaf.

28. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

LOL but true. Sadly my non tech savvy friend believes that Apple delivers the best phone and got trapped buying an iP. So sad!

49. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Personally i've given up hope on my iFriends. Some of them are too much invested in apple ecosystem, some of them just want to show off and boast but know nothing about tech instead they bash me, some of them have problems with android and iphones suit them better. But one thing i've done is prevented newbies from suicide in ios lol i've shown them the serious drawbacks. I'm not any sales executive to each his own. I'm enjoying Android and stand by it.

54. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Be a preacher :D

70. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

You are listing the types of iPhone users that are factually out there. Some of my non tech savvy friends had a fight with me, because I chose a G2. He said android sucks because it's used on Chinese cheapo phones! What a worthy argument. Of course, I just walked away and laughed. And yes, I would look like a sales executive in front of people that wants to get a new phone.

50. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Personally i've given up hope on my iFriends. Some of them are too much invested in apple ecosystem, some of them just want to show off and boast but know nothing about tech instead they bash me, some of them have problems with android and iphones suit them better. But one thing i've done is prevented newbies from suicide in ios lol i've shown them the serious drawbacks. I'm not any sales executive to each his own. I'm enjoying Android and stand by it.

36. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I am not going to buy an apple products again so no worries, increase as much as you want

60. engineer-1701d unregistered

people will jump ship if its just a bigger 5s and i think it will be

69. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I love Apple but it's very stupid move for them. If it's the 5.5 inch then it would be okay just like Samsung but normal iPhone 6 is not okay!

2. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Are they stupid? Samsung and htc have large screens and price is still 199 and 650 lff contract why raise the price. Apple swears their products are so special

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not only that. Samsung and HTC offer expandable storage up to 128gb now. Something that no iPhone or iTouch has ever offered. The other thing is the screen size,

55. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Lets look at the Galaxy Note 3 or LG G2 both $299.99 with Native 32GB on board. LG G2 can be found cheaper at times. The iPhone 5S with 32GB on board is $299. LG G2 doesnt have a microsd card slot but the Note 3 does. You can get a Mophie Juice Pack with 32GB of expand iPhone memory for $149 but that includes a battery to last you all day. End of the day people can hate on Apple but many people prefer the iPhone and like the stability and user intuitiveness. I know people that will not go to Android anything because they like iOS layout and its same feel from a iPhone to iPad. Meanwhile on Android HTC M8 to Samsung Note 3 to LG G2 all look and operate different. By different I mean where to find call settings and other adjustments. Now before the Troll or other negative shots come my way I use an iPhone 5 for personal use and Galaxy Note 3 for work. Both phones have there place and things they do different. Also because of connections I have a Lumia 1020. So unlike many I can offer honest and bias opinions on phones since I can use all the major OS(Blackberry is no longer there)

3. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

they must be trying some new type of drugs

4. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

The sad part is that people will still be stupid enough to buy it.

18. TMach unregistered

Unfortunately, that is true! I think I will pass even with carrier subsidy which in the UK is likely to mean circa £400 for a 1 year contract plus £50 or thereabouts per month contract. I change my phones too often to commit to longer than 1 year. More fundamental is that the phone is simply not worth it and does not represent value for money what with the slew of great phones like the Z2, S5 and M8 and there is likely to be at least 2 more top rangers in the form of G3 and hopefully, Nexus 6! Apple - quit smoking that s**t!

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And still wait in line for it too.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

$299 with a 2 year contract. Or $749 for a 16gb iPhone 6. No expandable storage. No wonder why Apple has been loosing market share. Apple greed at its finest.

16. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

They cater to the well off market in america and they have made billions because of it.

23. willard12 unregistered

In America, they cater to a market that likes to think of themselves as well-off but use the heck out of carrier subsidies. At $199, almost anyone can afford an iPhone every 2 years. We'll see about $299.

74. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Nothing to see, if you don't have $300 pay the $2x-$3x extra a month on your bill offerd by att, tM, and others.

31. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Their just plain greedy man.

61. engineer-1701d unregistered

there is a rotten worm in the apple and its gone stale.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

"game changing device" Yeah, Apple is reinventing the smartphone by increasing screen size from the massive 4" of the iPhone 5 to the gargantuan 4.7" that has been on Androids for 3 years. Or maybe "game changing" means the first phone to cost $1000USD.

17. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Don't forget 64bit :P

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It damn well better be worth it.

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