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  • Aug 31, 2011
    5:25 PM ET

    Nickels & Dimes: Sprint to Charge $350 for Early Cancellation

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    Sprint customers considering defection got a carrot a week ago, when analysts started talking about Sprint getting the iPhone in October.

    Starting Sept. 9, they’ll get the stick. Sprint confirmed to Pay Dirt that a week from Friday, it will raise its early-termination fee on new contracts from $200 to as much as $350 for owners of smartphones, tablets, notebooks and netbooks who leave their contracts early. The amounts will be prorated at an as-yet-undisclosed rate, depending on the number of months left on your contract.

    It’s yet another sign that Sprint is likely getting the iPhone, says Todd Day, an industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan, though the carrier hasn’t confirmed the rumor. Early termination fees give the carrier a way to offset the deep discount they typically offer for the phone itself. “They expect a lot of iPhone sales, and they don’t want customers to buy those phones [at a discount] and then turn around and leave for whatever reason,” he says.

  • Aug 24, 2011
    2:13 PM ET

    Is the Sprint iPhone a Better Bet?

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    If you sell it, will they come? Third-place carrier Sprint certainly hopes so.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the carrier will join AT&T and Verizon in offering the much-anticipated iPhone 5 when it launches this fall.

    The news is clearly a win for Sprint: analysts are already talking about the potential for bumper fourth-quarter sales. It’s a great opportunity for the carrier, which has lagged behind Verizon and AT&T, to grab back some of its former customers who left to get the iPhone elsewhere, says Todd Day, an industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan. “Ultimately, it gives them a level playing field,” he says. (Sprint declined to comment on reports that it is getting the iPhone.)

    But will iPhone owners – current and future — benefit? Sprint customers will, if they want an iPhone without the hassle of switching carriers. For everyone else, the benefits are a little less certain.

  • Jul 14, 2011
    10:55 AM ET

    The Best Time to Buy Apple Products

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    Want to save an easy $100 on your next Apple purchase? Just wait a few days.

    A new pricing study from sale-tracking site DealNews.com found that deals start popping up within days. Apple rarely offers sales, so cutting prices even a little bit is online retailers’ best chance of luring customers away from buying directly from Apple.com or one of its stores. For example, when the MacBook Air launched in October 2010, MacConnection offered a $30 off deal the next day. Deals on other Apple product lines popped up within a week or two of their debut.

    But price savings aren’t likely to be enough of a lure to deter Apple devotees away from pre-orders and lengthy day-of-launch lines, says Gary Singer, chief executive for Buyology Inc., a marketing research firm. “Apple understands ‘cool’ much better than its competitors,” he says. Functionality and price take a backseat for such early adopters, especially with Apple, whose buyers have traditionally had little to worry about on either count. (The rare bug is almost always easily fixable via software, and the company is notoriously sparse on new-model price cuts and sales, he says.)

  • Jul 6, 2011
    4:08 PM ET

    Don’t Buy That iPhone

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    If you’re in the market for an iPhone, hold off on buying — and get ready to sell your old handset.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has placed orders for key components in the next-generation phone, expected to launch sometime during the third quarter. It’s not especially surprising. Analysts have been predicting a fall release for months, and Apple usually unveils its new devices two or three months after it announces a new operating system — which happened in June this year, points out Ross Rubin, the director of industry analysis for market research firm NPD Group. (Apple did not respond to requests for comment.)

    Rumors about the device suggest it will be thinner and lighter than the current version, with a better camera. More importantly, the iPhone 5 is expected to be network agnostic — you’d buy the same model whether you’re a customer of Verizon or AT&T, says Anthony Scarsella, the chief gadget officer for Gazelle.com. That isn’t currently the case.

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