“iPhone is the most valuable device for the networks that carry it,” Ben Bajarin writes for Tech.Pinions. “Carriers have been in a transition the last few years to move their value from voice to data. The key for carrier services going forward is to capitalize on the consumer consumption of their data services not their voice services. Therefore device which are excellent at consuming data services are highly valued. This, as [Asymco’s] Horace [Dediu] points out, is the reason the carriers are willing to pay the high price of the iPhone and subsidize it to their customers.”

Bajarin writes, “The key question remains to the other devices, like Android, which certainly don’t generate the same ARPU as the iPhone (or specifically iOS). We know that Android devices are heavily skewed to the lower end of the market.”

MacDailyNews Take: Or, as we like to put it: The Hee Haw demographic.

Bajarin continues, “This market certainly behaves differently and although they browse the web and consume data, the evidence shows the engagement is less than with iOS… If Apple went low-cost and grew their market share substantially by catering to the low-end, bringing hundreds of millions of new iOS users onto the networks, I have a strong feeling it would put monumental stress on all current network infrastructure. Bottom line is, I’m not sure the carriers can handle a low-end iPhone.”

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