Third World iPhone

iPhone4I saw a report in The Times of India’s business section that iPhones sales in that country are slow, and Apple is looking to improve sales by bringing back the iPhone 4.

In case you forgot, or just didn’t know to begin with, the current iPhone, the iPhone 5s, is the 7th generation of the iPhone. That makes the 4th generation iPhone 4 really old in the smartphone world.

But, in poorer locations, you’re less likely to have people buying a $649 smartphone — that’s the price of an iPhone 5s without a carrier subsidy. In Third World countries like India, Apple doesn’t sell a lot of their higher-priced phones. So what are they going to do? Well, I told you already: they’re bringing back the iPhone 4. Pay attention.


There’s an aspect of the story missing. Guess where else you can buy an iPhone 4? Walmart. Really.

The iPhone 4 is one of the phones you can get as part of their Straight Talk no-contract service.

Which means India just got downgraded to Walmart status. Is it any wonder other countries hate us?

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  1. Something about talking into a flat phone always makes me feel vaguely creeped out.

    I mean, your face, between your ear and your mouth, is curved. Shouldn’t your phone be, too?

    When they make an iPhone that flips open, call me.

    On my rotary-dial home phone.


  2. Heck, just round up all those old brick celphones from the ’80s and send them to the impoverished and sub-equatorial. Help out those technologically retrograde stragglers who have yet to cross that rusty, worn, Bridge To The Twenty First Century.


  3. Many countries would consider Walmart status as an upgrade.

    When I was growing up we didn’t have to dial or press buttons to call someone. You simply picked up your phone, a Siri-like person would ask for the number and you told her. You could also ask her for information and she informed you with a Siri-like response but with better voice quality and accuracy. This was back in the sixties! It too was portable but its range was limited.


  4. So many Walmart snobs! StraightTalk is a great deal if you’re on a fixed income like I am. I don’t have a “smartphone” but I can do most everything I want with my Samsung. Unlimited webtime, texts, etc for $45 a month? My husband’s old Verizon plan cost us a lot more than that. Sure, Walmart could be better but it’s not all bad. Be nice.


  5. Denise:
    I suppose you never noticed the actual screen shot from my iPhone I posted in October?


    Look at the top of the image. See the “TFW?” TracFone Wireless. That’s Straight Talk’s parent. That is a Straight Talk iPhone from Walmart. Mine.

    I can tell Walmart jokes. Just like I can tell Baptist jokes. By the way, why don’t Baptists make love standing up? It might lead to dancing.



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