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Luis Sanchez
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Luis Sanchez   8/26/2012 8:48:00 PM
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If there are a whole lot of unlocked and jailbroken iphones already in China, what would be the benefit for the consumer for iPhone's sold through the operator? As mentioned previously, the iphone that enters China market through a carrier should have a lower price so that it becomes a good sale. Though, on the other hand, considering the lure of the icon the iPhone is, perhaps they high price wouldn't be something that scares the buyers but on the contrary, something that draws the buyers who want to make a status statement.

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junko.yoshida   8/26/2012 9:28:26 PM
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Exactly, Luis. I don't think Apple wants its iPhone to be in the same category with other smartphones, which would force Apple to compete with others solely on price. The status symbol is not a bad pla to be.

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docdivakar   8/30/2012 6:29:48 PM
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Hi Junko, beyond the status symbol lure of iPhones, is there any hope for practical apps & extensions for iPhones in China, like monitoring in medical fields, lighting control in smart homes... or will those be dominated by cheaper alternatives? Do you hear any local opinions on these? MP Divakar

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