“Wolf believes Apple could have addressed prepaid markets by keeping the iPhone 3GS available at a lower price,” Hughes reports. “Previously, the smartphone first released in 2009 was available for free with a two-year contract, but the iPhone 3GS was replaced by the iPhone 4 last month.”
Hughes reports, “In the predominantly prepaid markets of developing countries, unlocked phones can start at prices as low as $150. Because prepaid markets are now growing faster than traditional postpaid markets like the U.S., Wolf said it’s an “open question” whether the iPhone can continue to gain market share.”
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