For starters, sales of tablets have been down. Partially this is due to people who already have a tablet such as an iPad are not yet ready to replace them as they are a newer product. With larger smartphones such as the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, people are using them as both a smartphone and tablet. These have been called a Phablet which I wrote about this a while back. Smartphone As Tablets. What Do You Think? I believe the trend of smartphones replacing tablets will continue as we will now pay full price for a phone.
Currently buying an iPhone 6 outright costs about $649 for the basic 16GB storage. Will this drive people away from it and cause them to look for something else? Will more cheap phones be sold? Will the price of unsubsidized phones fall? If so then how much? It goes back many years ago, but I can remember buying my own phone about 35 years ago. It was a basic touch tone phone and I spent about $70 for it. That phone today with a built in answering machine, speaker and other features that my phone did not have would go for a quite a bit less. I think I got it at a dedicated phone store as well. The model has changed. Will Verizon, AT&T one day no longer sell cellphones? Some of you may remember being able to choose your long distance company and how things changed after the breakup of the Baby Bells years ago.
How will wearable technology be affected? I mentioned that smartphones are taking the place of tablets. Will people use that smartwatch be used as a phone when you’re out and a phablet used at home?
One other thing that has not been mentioned here. There have been rumors that Apple is looking to become a cell phone carrier. Google with its Project Fi already has become one.
So what are your thoughts about the no contracts pricing of cell phone providers? The way you buy cellphones will forever change. I feel that the less frills phone prices will drop. Those phones with more frills (whatever the future brings) will be the big revenue generators. People will be less likely to change phones as well. I also feel that Android phones will have better security as well. What do you think will happen in the long term? Your thoughts are most welcomed.
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