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Verizon Could Owe Apple Up To $14 Billion In Unsold iPhones

Verizon Could Owe Apple Up To $14 Billion In Unsold iPhones

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Verizon Wireless could end up owing Apple as much as $14 billion in purchase commitments if the carrier fails to sell a certain number of iPhones. This figure is estimated based on the current iPhone sales and the amount Verizon committed to sell in 2013.

Under a multiyear deal signed with Apple in 2010, Verizon Wireless is obligated to buy $23.5 billion worth of iPhones in 2013 alone, according to Craig Moffett, a telecommunications analyst who left Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. earlier this year to start his own research firm. Since the purchase commitment is more than twice what Verizon Wireless sold in 2012, the company may have a shortfall of $12 billion to $14 billion, worth $4 to $5 per share, Moffett said in the report.

The report suggests sluggish demand for the iPhone that could bring up this hefty bill for Verizon and even other carriers. Apple often makes wireless providers commit to a certain amount of units over the years which has aggravated some carriers. Estimates peg Apple at a 22 percent decline in net income in the third quarter.

However, Moffett believes Apple may simply ignore these commitments since other carriers around the world are in similar situations.

It is likely that Apple would be reluctant to simply ignore these commitments, since many other carriers around the world are probably in a similar situation, and a simple amnesty would set an unwanted precedent,” Moffett wrote. “It is therefore unrealistic to think that Apple won’t extract some consideration for renegotiating these shortfalls.”

Both Apple and Verizon declined to comment.

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Verizon Could Owe Apple Up To $14 Billion In Unsold iPhones

vzrep - July 24, 2013 at 4:45am
i work for an apple retailer. do you know why verizon sells less apple than samsung? because of the payout. Apple is holding verizon hostage with the cost of the phones. as a sales rep, i can make $50 off an iphone, or i can make $120 off the samsung phone. I already believe the samsung is a better product, and the fact that i am making more? sweetens the pot. if apple wants to have verizon move more, just increase it by $25 and i will sell nothing but iphones.
NoGoodNick - July 24, 2013 at 6:03am
Samsuck is better? Please, they have been using the same material for ages and haven't change, even with craplets. Would you choose a phablet with 4.7" thin screen? You'd pay more for repair since it is too big than iphone.
High Technology - July 12, 2013 at 7:10pm
I don't see how Verizon could have agreed to buy $23.5B worth of iPhones in 2013 alone -- that's between 30 and 40 million handsets (assuming they cost around $600 each). Considering the US population is around 310 million, that means that Verizon agreed to sell an iPhone to one out of 10 people in the US during 2013 alone. It's a staggering promise, even more so when you consider the population includes young children and the elderly, who are less likely buy an iPhone. Verizon has about 100M subscriber lines, including prepaid lines which aren't iPhone eligible/likely. Verizon activated 7.2 million phones in the first quarter. So even if they sold no other phone, they could barely hit this target of 30+million iPhones. The math here just doesn't work...
Annoyed - July 12, 2013 at 12:31pm
Would've loved to upgrade. But Verizon said no. 1 less unsold iPhone. Eat it Verizon. I hope your stocks will take a nose dive. You earned it. Apple really doesn't care how many iPhone it sells. They still make hundreds per phone. It's the carriers that restrict you.
Dildo baits - July 12, 2013 at 12:28pm
No, just wait until I cqn afford one, then I'll buy.
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