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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Apple Share of the Profit Pie? 39%

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:22 AM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...mobile_profits/

"Apple sold a tiny percentage of mobile handsets during the first half of 2010, but the company managed to rake in the lion's share of the industry's profits, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. In a research note obtained by The Mac Observer initiating coverage of Apple, Mr. Walkley said that Apple sold 2.8% of all mobile handsets, but claimed 39% of manufacturing profits."

I guess it isn't too surprising, given that Apple doesn't get into the "buy one, get one free" that has flooded the market with Android as well as other types of phones. One interesting note about this is that Apple sold 17 million handsets during this period, while Nokia, Samsung and LG combined sold over 400 million units. All those units sold versus the relatively low number that Apple sold in comparison, and they only earned 32% of the profits. Quite a shocker when you put it that way. While this isn't so good for consumers that want an iPhone, it certainly is great for anyone that is a stockholder of Apple. That and the fact that Apple had another record day yesterday, high of $283.77 USD, up $0.54 USD.

UPDATE: And today another record, up $3.98 USD to $287.75 USD via MacDaily News.


Monday, August 30, 2010

GAO Recommends FCC Monitor Cellular Providers

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Talk" @ 07:30 AM

http://www.electronista.com/article...ll.competition/

"The US General Accounting Office on Thursday sent out a report (PDF) warning about mixed results for competition in the cellular industry. It said competition had decayed significantly as moves to consolidate the industry in the hands of just a few carriers, such as Verizon's buyout of Alltel, was making it "more difficult" for smaller carriers to offer a real challenge. About two thirds of cellphone users are AT&T or Verizon customers where Sprint, T-Mobile and smaller networks make up the rest."

I'm not going to get into the "more regulation" vs. "market competition" argument here. I'm just glad someone is paying attention to the cell phone industry. According to the GAO, cell plans have dropped 50% when you factor in inflation, and coverage has improved over the same time period. However, they want the FCC to monitor the industry closely to watch trends. Personally, I don't see a problem with monitoring the cell industry at all, and it'll be interesting to see what data comes out of that monitoring if the FCC chooses to follow the GAO's recommendations. I'd especially like to see them monitoring things like data plan and text messaging costs over the next few years.

Tags: fcc, cellular, gao

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cellular Connection Problems With The iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.macnn.com/articles/09/11...ed.to.firmware/

"Some iPhone owners are still suffering from an issue preventing any kind of cellular connection, posters on Apple's support forums say."

I haven't had this particular problem, but I have been experiencing my iPhone 3GS switching between Edge and 3G frequently at work, which is well within the 3G coverage area. Never experienced it before the upgrade so it is possible my problem is also associated with the upgrade. Until I read this I assumed it was a problem with AT&T, and while it could still be their problem, it sounds like there is another possible reason.


Monday, July 20, 2009

What Phones Did iPhone Owners Have Prior?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.businessinsider.com/char...ing-away-2009-7

"What phones are Apple's iPhone buyers throwing away? A lot of Motorola RAZRs. Some 29.4% of iPhone 3G buyers were upgrading from Motorola devices, according to Nielsen's Q2 2009 Mobile Insights Survey. About 11% of iPhone 3G buyers were ditching Samsung phones, and 9% were getting rid of RIM BlackBerry devices. About 9% were upgrading from older iPhones."

It stands to reazon that given the penetration of the Motorola Razr, a ton of people would be moving on from that and that's what the numbers seem to demonstrate. Also interesting is the "other" category which, based on what isn't included, I would reckon is made up largely of Windows Mobile devices from HTC seeing as HTC is one of hte largest manufacturers of phones in the US and isn't listed on this graph.

Interesting stuff.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

40% of Smartphone Owners Would Switch to the iPhone

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.mediapost.com/publicatio...&art_aid=108436

"Almost 4 in 10 smartphone users who don't have an iPhone would switch to the popular Apple device for their next purchase, while 4 out of 5 of current iPhone users would buy the phone again, according to a new study. The report, by market research firm Crowd Science, also found that only 14% of non-BlackBerry users would switch to a BlackBerry device for their next mobile phone. The iPhone further outpaced other smartphones in customer satisfaction in areas such as screen size, navigation, ability to add new features and video playback quality."

Honestly, at this point, this kind of news isn't even surprising any more. For a company that many people thought couldn't crack into a crowded market, Apple not only broke in but is seriously disrupting it.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Kids More Connected Than Ever. Obviously.

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.theage.com.au/news/techn...0684317712.html

"THERE was a time when children's telecommunications meant two cans connected with string or, for luckier kids, a set of walkie-talkies. But today the mobile phone has become ubiquitous in school playgrounds, with children as young as five having their own. A company in England is even targeting toddlers with a phone designed in the shape of a teddy bear. Three-quarters of Australian children aged 12 to 14 own a mobile phone but by the time they are 15 that number surges to 90 per cent, according to figures from the Australian Communications and Media Authority. "Because it's parents who come in and sign up for the phones it's difficult to say exactly how much this area has grown but the age at which kids get phones is getting younger," says Carmen Gould, head of customer service at retail chain Crazy John's. "Whereas before it was often teenagers getting mobiles, it's not unusual now for parents to buy phones for children as young as eight.""

I spent Saturday afternoon at an outdoor event in Westchester, and I can tell you that there were plenty of kids there a hell of a lot younger than 8 even with phones of their own. On one hand, I always wonder what an eight year old could have to say that would require the phone being glued to their head all day long, but on the other hand I understand that parents may want a phone in their kids' hands as a safety precaution.

Anyway, the numbers don't lie and lots of kids have phones. Time have changed. Kids are more connected than we ever were at their age. For us, "connected" had nothing to do with wireless phones.

*sigh*


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