Apple rolls out its new contract-free iPhone 5 that can significantly change the US mobile market.
Many American consumers have got used to buying subsidized phones on a two-year contract. This policy has evident advantages. How else could you buy a new smartphone for only $50? On the other hand, if a customer decides to end the contract anticipatorily or simply switch it out, he will pay a huge redemption cost to the carrier.
In his latest research note, Scott Craig with Merrill Lynch suggests that T-Mobile may be on the verge of adding the iPhone to its smartphone lineup. However, the claim doesn’t seem to be based on any specific tips from inside sources, and the analyst points out that “speculation is heightening” about an upcoming announcement of an iPhone deal.
Despite some initial supply constraints, the sixth-generation iPhone has entered the lucrative Christmas buying season in full availability across the U.S. This is actually the first time since the device’s release back in September when a customer willing to buy an iPhone 5 can walk into any Apple Store and easily choose a model compatible with their carrier.
Mujjo has recently debuted Leather Touchscreen Gloves allowing iPhone owners to use their handset without taking off their gloves. For its new product, the company has used superior lambskin, which looks elegant and keeps your hands warm yet is durable, wind- and water-resistant.
According to the latest Kantar Worldpanel research, the iPhone 5 release has helped Apple outrun Android in terms of U.S. smartphone market share. Over the past three months, iPhone sales accounted for 46.7% of all smartphone shipments in America, and that figure is believed to increase even more as Apple irons out supply constraints associated with its latest handset.
Unlocked iPhones will now be available on two more major Canadian carriers, Bell and Virgin Mobile, which will join the country’s largest three wireless providers in offering the option for a substantive fee. While still required to be off-contract, the handset a subscriber wishes to unlock will keep functioning on international GSM networks, including those in the U.S., Mexico, China and other countries Canadians prefer to visit. That means the only three carries, mostly regional ones, which still don’t offer unlocking are Koodoo, MTS and Sasktel.