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

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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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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57 Comments

1. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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. :)

29. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

32. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

38. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 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!

42. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 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.

2. Packer29

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

No surprise at all it's an awesome phone!

30. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yes sir, you are correct.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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....

4. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Dude, it has Siri.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

20. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Damn right.

52. systamatics

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

a gimmick , son

27. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

33. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

34. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

35. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 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!

53. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

49. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

6. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Lay off the amyl nitrite, dude.

11. Dmw034

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

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

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

maybe... less caffiene in the morning? lol

10. BlowJobs

Posts: 25; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

Stupid people do stupid things.

28. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

And Trolls make stupid comments

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

16. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

21. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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... ;)

47. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

14. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 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.

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