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Apple working on smaller, $200 contract-free iPhone to combat Android - report


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Apple working on smaller, $200 contract-free iPhone to combat Android - report
AppleInsider | Apple working on smaller, $200 contract-free iPhone to combat Android - report
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Apple is working on a new design and form factor for the iPhone that would allow for a less expensive, contract-free model to take on the competing Google Android platform and bypass wireless carrier contracts, according to Bloomberg.
Now if this was invented I'd so get one. Cause I really don't like carrier plans.

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To the same end, it also said Apple is working on a dual-mode world phone that would be compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks.
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But it was also rumored that Apple was forced to abandon those plans after carriers allegedly threatened to stop offering subsidies for the iPhone.
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Aww sounds too good to be true. T_T"

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Anyone else see the coincidence between the contract-free iphone at $200 and the iphone's $200 subsidized price with them being threatened with the subsidized phone plan being dropped? Almost seems like Apple wants the iphone's subsides to drop, maybe so they can release it to all companies, while still raking in a lot of money for each phone.

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But is it worth the major carriers dropping the iphone cause of no more lock in contracts? Simply so everyone can have the iphone.
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I don't know that. But we we all know is that the iphone still commands a high price when sold unlocked, or even used. They have already lowered the building price of the cdma iphone. If they continue lowering the build price, as they have done with all the previous iphones, it will mean lower unsubsidized prices.

And frankly, I hate seeing everyone and their little toddler using an iphone. That's just me being honest.

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I read today that there the iPhone Nano might become a reality, which is basically a cheaper and smaller version of the iPhone 4, in order to compete with the lower priced and hugely popular Android devices. It is said it will feature dual SIM, but with less advanced and expensive hardware. The device will sell for around US$200. Really, Apple?
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If by "really Apple" you're referring to the price, I was reading that $200 will be the UNsubsidized price.


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I don't see any problem with the logic. I don't see Apple to take a step without analyzing it in every manner possible before actually manufacturing a product.

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CodeNamed the N97 ~ Claimed to be half the iPhone size . . .

But im interested in this

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Under plans Apple is considering, MobileMe would become a free service that would serve as a "locker" for personal memorabilia like photos and videos, so there would no longer be a need for a lot of memory on devices themselves.
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If by "really Apple" you're referring to the price, I was reading that $200 will be the UNsubsidized price.
Exactly. That is unsubsidized pricing which means with subsidizes it could be offered for free with a renewed phone contract. It's a good way for Apple to get more iPhone users.

I personally wouldn't want a smaller iPhone because I think the current size is the smallest I would want it to go but it's good to have options for people who do want it. Also the cheaper pricing will be good for anyone who has always wanted an iPhone but couldn't get one because of the pricing.

If it's true I think it's a smart move for Apple since I know quite a bit of people who switched over to Mac computers because they loved their iPhone.
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A device that's half the size of the iPhone might be CALLED an iPhone, but would in fact be an entirely new model (as with the sometimes-quite-radical redesigns of the iMac).

My wife I think is the target market for such a device, and yes she would buy one in a second.
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People are guessing it would be called an iPhone Nano just like all the variety of iPods. It would definitely be in it's own category and not a replacement for the current iPhone. At least I hope not because I wouldn't buy a smaller iPhone.
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Seems interesting but I think I would loose my iPhone if it was any smaller. >_<"

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