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Article: Is it time for a new model on handset subsidies?
Apple is so successful because they make money on all fronts, by selling the IPhone, subsidies from the carriers, kickbacks (or should I say percentages from developers/publishers/artists etc on ITunes) probably the highest income earner for them, sales of IPad, IPod, Mac, and so forth, sales from the Apple stores of I-Accessories, tax avoidance, and of course building the tech products in areas where the incomes are low. Of course as pointed out in other threads very few if any tech products are built in the US, but I think Apple (credit to them in a business model) have it down to a fine art!
Those lawyers (financial and economical experts) are earning their pay...