Want an iPhone 6S? Shop around first

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple iPhone6S queue: Robot grabs pole position as Sydney fanatics defy weather.

The first in the queue doesn’t even like Apple, the next two want to drop the iPhone as soon as it’s handed to them, and not far behind them is a robot – this is the Sydney queue for the iPhone 6s.

If you can’t afford to buy a phone outright but don’t want to be locked to a carrier, Vodafone is selling unlocked iPhones with interest free payment plans that spread anywhere from 6 months to 36 months.The iPhone 6s’s new 3D Touch feature will foster loyalty among existing Apple users, making it less likely they will defect to Android, technology research firm Telsyte has said.

Tents and even an inflatable couch line the side of the George Street building where the first of the new iPhones will be available to the public at 8am on Friday. Mosman’s Lucy Kelly is hoping to be the first “robot” to purchase an iPhone and set up her machine stand-in, with iPad attached, outside the George St store about 4am this morning. Tomorrow, Apple will begin selling iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus whose signature features include pressing harder on the display to access new functionality.

The phone contracts from Australian telcos look remarkably similar to the plans we saw last year; the same 24 month contracts, but with higher monthly payments to cover the cost of the pricey new iPhone, and more included data to sweeten the deal. Ms Kelly, who was chatting to confused passers-by from her home this morning while she made Vegemite toast for breakfast, said she would stay online throughout the day, and night, and make her way to the store tomorrow morning to buy the phone.

Photo: Bloomberg Unlike traditional television, which puts viewers on a slow-drip diet of one or two shows a week, Netflix lets you hit the entertainment heroin as hard and as frequently as you want. She said Atomic 212, the media agency that she works for, had many of the robots around the office and came up with idea to put one out the front of the Apple store last week. Mr Handmer, who admits to not owning a single Apple product, said he saw the opportunity to join the queue “comically” early and draw attention to his business while supporting Mission Australia. Netflix analysed data from January to July of this year in countries including Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US.

While the 16GB model is a lot cheaper than the others, it’s hard to recommend a device with that little storage, so for us, we’d be looking at buying the 64GB iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on Telstra’s Large plan which includes 7GB of data and unlimited call and text, which will set you back $112 for the 6s and $125 for the 6s Plus. With Telstra you also get a free 24 month subscription to the Apple Music streaming service and the option to upgrade your phone in a year’s time for $149. Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi said features such as Force Touch might not cause iPhone users to upgrade their phones, but it would help keep users loyal to Apple. “No one feature on the phone is going to drive someone to upgrade their handset regardless of brand or make,” he said. “But what you’ll see is that those diehard Apple users that upgrade every model will certainly greet these new features with open arms. Like most recreational drugs, different shows have different effects on viewers, and the data on the addiction equation therefore is a little all over the place.

According to the streaming company, Australians — we of discerning tastes — apparently remain eminently more resistant to the binge than our American brothers and sisters. Over half the consumers in the US market have now switched to no-contract phone plans, and buy their phones choosing from a number of different payments options: outright, interest-free payment plans, early upgrades and leasing. Instagram, Pinterest, Sky Guide, Dropbox, Facebook, Getty Images, PixelToys, ZORG, WeChat and Weibo are among apps that will issue updated versions to support the new features. You can pay off your phone over time, lease your phone and upgrade to newer model throughout the year, or pay off what you owe, ditch your telco and move to one of the other networks. There is no lock-in contract for the service plan itself, so customers who want to change providers need only settle the bill for their handset before moving on.

About 4.5 million handsets of all types would be sold in that period overall. “While Apple’s repeat purchase intention is still the highest in the industry, it has come down a few points in the last survey that we did; instead of being in the 80 per cents, it’s in the 70s now,” he said. These plans are cheapest, typically costing about half as much as a monthly repayment plan, and the lure of trading up each year is irresistible for some. Surprisingly, the threshold for Netflix addiction was lowest in Australia for legal drama Suits and thriller The Killing, which took just three episodes to hook viewers into completing the entire series. Contrary to popular opinion, pilots are not what get viewers hooked, at least not according to Netflix’ numbers. “Given the precious nature of primetime slots on traditional TV, a series pilot is arguably the most important point in the life of the show,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. “However, in our research of more than 20 shows across 16 markets, we found that no one was ever hooked on the pilot. This gives us confidence that giving our members all episodes at once is more aligned with how fans are made.” The data compiled by Netflix has the potential to create new metrics for TV viewing.

Instead of counting the number of eyeballs on a particular show at a particular time, this data allows Netflix and other streaming services to measure a level of engagement and commitment not given priority in traditional entertainment measurements. If you’re scared of committing to a single carrier and don’t have the cash upfront for a new iPhone, try combining Vodafone’s interest free iPhone repayment options and combining it with either theirs or Virgin’s $50 a month sim only plan. These handsets are unlocked and can be used on any network, giving Apple’s own customers even more freedom than the telcos themselves are willing to offer. They may be clever with their sums and surveillance, but their Australian content is woefully inadequate: their lists resemble the last gasp of an ailing DVD shop.

Presto would also be preferable IF it could get it’s act together and upgrade their technical facilities – months and almost years since going on-line, they still don’t seem to care that many possible subscribers to their service cannot get films to play on their machines – and their ‘technical support’ is a laugh. So long, Netflix, you will not be missed by this little black duck. 🙂 Has the difference between Australian and overseas NetFlix catalogs been factored in to this finding?

However once the geo-blocking came in and the best 50% of their product was taken away it’s now a line ball on whether the service is worth the subscription. I cancelled Netflix earlier this week, for months I waited for Netflix to improve it’s catalogue and nothing, a handful of movies and a couple average shows were added.. all the while Stan was adding movies weekly and some pretty good ones at that I know there are rights that need to be acquired but Stan manages to get decent movies regularly while Netflix doesn’t bother, is Netflix even interested in the Oz Market

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