Vector 24: Benedict Evans on the meaning of really cheap smartphones

Vector is our cross-site, cross-platform podcast where we analyze the biggest stories with smartest guests in the industry. This week telecom analyst Benedict Evans talks to Rene about what really cheap Android handsets mean for the mobile market, Nokia’s quest for the next billion customers, and who’s buying the iPhone 5c.

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Rene Ritchie has been covering the personal technology industry for almost a decade. Editorial Director at Mobile Nations, analyst at iMore, video and podcast host, you can follow him @reneritchie on Snapchat, Instagram, or Twitter.

  • The 525 is going to have to be around $100 off contract to compete.
    No more than $149.99.
  • My 520 was $80 off contract, sooo.. maybeh!
  • Headline spelling error, meaning not meaing
  • To this day I have yet to see a 5c in the wild.
  • Same, but I a few days I guess I'll be stuck with seeing my little sister rocking one. Despite my protests, that's the phone my parents got her for Christmas. Words cannot describe the great internal suffering I feel about this...
  • Good talk.  It will be interesting to see what shifts occur with the subsidy model in the US and the impact that will have on domestic Apple sales.  People don't care how much the iPhone costs, partially because the costs are hidden in their overpriced post-paid plans.  Will T-mobile be the catalyst that puts a huge dent in their sales?  Or will people choose to be blissfully ignorant of the subsidy scheme so that they can get the shiny new iPhone every two years without much money out of pocket? 
  • He called it a Nokia 530... My anger and fury knows no bounds...
  • he did indeed, but calls it by its proper name later in the interview.  pitchforks down :)
  • What with that "AND"? The transcript will have no periods the way he said it all.