Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Third World iPhone
I saw a report in The Times of India's business section that iPhones sales in that country are slow, and Apple is looking to improve sales by bringing back the iPhone 4.
In case you forgot, or just didn't know to begin with, the current iPhone, the iPhone 5s, is the 7th generation of the iPhone. That makes the 4th generation iPhone 4 really old in the smartphone world.
But, in poorer locations, you're less likely to have people buying a $649 smartphone -- that's the price of an iPhone 5s without a carrier subsidy. In Third World countries like India, Apple doesn't sell a lot of their higher-priced phones. So what are they going to do? Well, I told you already: they're bringing back the iPhone 4. Pay attention.
There's an aspect of the story missing. Guess where else you can buy an iPhone 4? Walmart. Really.
The iPhone 4 is one of the phones you can get as part of their Straight Talk no-contract service.
Which means India just got downgraded to Walmart status. Is it any wonder other countries hate us?