Apple’s long-awaited in-store iPhone trade-in program begins today. Apple will give you store credit in exchange for your old phone, but you have to sign a contract in order to get it.
Vodafone has turned on 4G services, starting in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. It’s not the first carrier to do so in The Netherlands, but it is the first to start running 4G over 1800MHz spectrum.
The deal starts Saturday and also applies to other devices, including several Samsung Galaxy devices, Nokia Lumias, the HTC One and Sony Xperia.
Apple has found ways to keep the iPhone growing in emerging and also established markets. But it’s coming at the cost of slipping profit margins.
It’s no secret why: the phone is free with a two-year contract. But how will customers’ choice of it over the latest model iPhone 5 end up impacting Apple’s earnings?
The initial iPhone 5 pricing was part of what made T-Mobile’s big new “no-contract” phones push so attractive. Now the carrier is changing the rules: it requires a $149 down payment.
It may not be the iPhone 5 they buy — the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S may prove more attractive — but that’s OK.
By the end of March, Apple was selling more iPhone 5 devices as a share of iPhones than in December. But at the same time, the share of older model phones it is selling has never been higher.
With a special promotion beginning on Friday, the carrier is hoping to give potential customers even more reasons to switch from a competitor to their new contract-free iPhones for sale.
The Linkase for iPhone 5 boasts up to a 50 percent boost in Wi-Fi signal strength thanks to a small electromagnetic waveguide extension. Does it work? See for yourself in these mobile speedtests where Wi-Fi is usually terrible.