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pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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10/28/2014 | 7:56:08 PM
Re: Did anyone do some basic fact checking?
@WaqasAltaf,

I think all brands try to do that. It's just difficult to succeed at it.
WaqasAltaf
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WaqasAltaf,
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10/18/2014 | 2:26:02 AM
Re: Price differentials make sense in China
Li Tan, ohh. $160k is quite a big amount. I am sure he must have invested this money without analyzing the features of iphone 6 and the market competition in hand in China. 
WaqasAltaf
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WaqasAltaf,
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10/18/2014 | 1:40:36 AM
Re: Did anyone do some basic fact checking?
Lorna

:) Yesterday I had a heated discussion with a friend on how many years it will take when Samsung bypasses Apple's popularity without any doubt. The common point we both made, with me being a Samsung fan and he being an Apple fan, that if iTunes etc. are done away with, that time might get delayed ahead.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/4/2014 | 12:21:32 AM
Alternatives
Plus, you could just get a bootleg fake iPhone for much cheaper in China -- even from a bootleg/fake Apple Store!  ;)
PedroGonzales
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10/2/2014 | 2:06:09 PM
Re: Price differentials make sense in China
I wonder whether the chinese government is doing more to curve iphone black market sales.  I think Apple's strategy to release their products at the same time all over the world helps to reduce such efforts.  does anything think that public education or more policy government would work to reduce such sales in the future. 
Michael Endler
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10/2/2014 | 1:44:30 PM
2 million orders in six hours
The first reports about pre-sales in China indicate more than 2 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reservations in the first six hours. And people are buying the more expensive configurations, not the 16 GB entry models. Seems like demand is pretty healthy. Perhaps people realized they could just wait a few weeks and avoid the black market surcharge.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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10/2/2014 | 10:34:30 AM
Re: Price differentials make sense in China
You are quite right, my friend. Here in Beijing the price of iPhone 6 decreased drastically in the past 2 week. It's indeed a bad season for smugglers. I heard a story that one guy purchased a lot of iPhone 6 in order to earn a big amount of money. But in one week he suffered about 160K USD loss...sounds awful and threatening...
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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10/2/2014 | 10:30:12 AM
Re: Did anyone do some basic fact checking?
Really? Wow, I did not know that, thanks for the info. And it actually works?!
BillB031
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10/2/2014 | 10:27:11 AM
Re: Did anyone do some basic fact checking?
@Lorna,  You don't need iTunes on an android device. You can port your library over to Google music.  https://play.google.com/about/music/unlock/
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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10/1/2014 | 11:43:19 AM
Re: Did anyone do some basic fact checking?
@Wagas, I think Google is trying to make Android sticky by tightly tying it to the Google docs/Gmail/other Google services ecosystem. But of course, one could use Gmail from an iPhone, while pigs will fly before you can listen to your iTunes library on a Samsung or HTC device!!
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