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Apple Reportedly Negotiating with Carriers for $100 Price Increase on iPhone 6

Apple is negotiating with wireless carriers to raise the price of the iPhone 6 by $100, claims Jefferies analyst Peter Misek (Via StreetInsider). Carriers initially are refusing to negotiate on the iPhone's $199 base price, but they may not be able to resist as the iPhone 6 is shaping up to be 2014's blockbuster handset.
"The possibility may at first seem far-fetched in light of investor concerns regarding possible carrier subsidy and handset price cuts due to smartphone saturation and lack of differentiation," Misek comments. "But we think this general lack of differentiation could be the reason why Apple may be able to get a price increase. Carriers realize that the iPhone 6 will likely be the only headline-worthy high-end phone launched this year and that they will lose subs if they do not offer it."
iphone6Apple is expected to ship the iPhone 6 later this year, with rumors suggesting the phone will be available with a 4.7-inch touchscreen display at first. A larger 5.5-inch version may follow at the end of this year or early next year.

Along with a larger display, the next-generation iPhone may include a thinner design, Apple's new A8 processor, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 1GB of RAM, and an improved camera with optical image stabilization. The iPhone 6 is expected to run iOS 8, which may feature a new Healthbook app, improved Maps and a possible Siri API.

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8 months ago
This would be a very bad move by Apple if true.
Rating: 70 Votes
8 months ago
As long they don't increase the unlocked price, i'm fine
Rating: 65 Votes
8 months ago
As long as the base model is 64GB and 2GB of RAM I could probably live with it.
Rating: 55 Votes
8 months ago
And it'll come standard with 8GB storage. Double whammy!
Rating: 51 Votes
8 months ago
There's just too much competition and good phones out there. If Apple ups the price, they're just getting greedy and will reduce the overall interest in the iPhone 6. Its a huge mistake imo
Rating: 47 Votes
8 months ago
This phone better ****** gold bricks if they are going to increase the price
Rating: 32 Votes
8 months ago
I always buy my phones off-contract. I hope it doesn't get raised by $100 here in Australia, $869 starting price is already too much when you consider the iPad is $598.
Rating: 25 Votes
8 months ago
I would accept a price increase if they double the flash memory. 32gb should be the base model...
Rating: 22 Votes
8 months ago
What if the 4.7" phone keeps the $199 price, and the 5.5" costs $100 more?
Rating: 22 Votes
8 months ago
so, first they say in a presentation that the price of their phones is to high, and then they make one that's even more expensive. #doesnotcompute :eek:
Rating: 22 Votes

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