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Apple certainly got everyone’s attention, especially that of competitors, when it lowered the price of the iPhone 3G to $99. That put the pressure on pricing for smartphones in general, and Om Malik believes this price has become the standard by which all other smartphones will […]

SuperphoneApple certainly got everyone’s attention, especially that of competitors, when it lowered the price of the iPhone 3G to $99. That put the pressure on pricing for smartphones in general, and Om Malik believes this price has become the standard by which all other smartphones will be judged.

The most interesting takeaway I got from Om’s post is that he has been holding out on us. He has a Motorola CLIQ that he’s evaluating and he hasn’t shared with us. What’s up with that?

  1. Please don’t call the iPhone a smartphone…a phone needs to be smart in order to be called “smartphone”

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    1. And the iPhone is not, why?

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      1. due to its inability to run multiple apps at once. I “personally” think this automatically disqualifies it from a smartphone.

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      2. georgi, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion and I respect that, but you’re logic is slightly flawed… in my opinion. ;) You say that the phone must support the ability to multitask for it to be a smartphone. The iPhone does support that feature. However, it’s limited by Apple to only apply to certain apps. That could easily expand in the future. Will it then be a smartphone for you?

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      3. I would say so, I think that’s biggest flaw in iPhone right now.

        I would also like them to open some of the settings like email notification sounds. Think about it millions and millions of iPhones out there just make a short “boing” sound when receiving email with a weak speaker that you could easily miss.

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      4. I would also like to add that I agree with the article’s main topic which is to say it’s lowering the cost of smartphones. that’s a good thing for consumer.

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  2. owned :)

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  3. I think with the iPhone topping all the customer satisfaction surveys, Apple is confident that all they have to do is price the 3G so that consumers will say “well for that price I’ll give it a try”. Then basically if you run the numbers, Apple wins, because most first time iPhone users, will STAY iPhone users.

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  4. $99 certainly puts a big dent in the side of makers such as HTC. Their unlocked phones selling at sometimes $600+ on expansys is ridiculous. Even those models available directly through carriers like the Sprint TP2 sells at $300+. Paying more than $300 for a smartphone is simply a ripoff, since that price automatically puts you in a much higher device category – in this case netbooks.

    My very first smartphone cost me $400 and became a brick after two years – money gone! Am I going to shell out $300 every two years just to have a working device? Hell no.

    In today’s market, especially given the choices out there, you should NOT have to pay more than $199 for a top-of-the-line smartphone. If I can pick up a TMO TP2 for $199 online, Sprint and Verizon should both pony up and match their competitor. When you’re paying them sometimes $2000-plus over two years for service, the least they can do is give you a break on the price of the phone.

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  5. Kudos to georgi and kevin for a mature back and forth – don’t see that much in comments any more!

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