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Apple polls retail workers for ideas on selling more iPhones

updated 02:54 pm EDT, Mon July 15, 2013

Submission winners to get eight-week stay at Cupertino headquarters

Apple is running an internal promotion encouraging retail workers to submit ideas for selling the iPhone, a leaked memo indicates. Sent late last week, the document asks clerks to write a one-page proposal. Selected workers will be invited out to Cupertino, California for an eight-week work trip at Apple headquarters. "The feasibility of the [submitted] idea does not need to be considered. We are looking for innovation and pie in the sky," Apple writes.

Similar programs have been used for the iPhone and other Apple products in the past. The latest one, though, comes just ahead of the rumored iPhone 5S launch window. The company may also be preparing to launch a low-cost iPhone, which would demand extra focus on sales.

by MacNN Staff




  1. ttpease

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 07-15-13

    I've purchased iPhones from AT&T and from Apple. By far, buying at Apple was quicker and easier. This is a strong selling point that they should advertise aggressively.

  1. aross99

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-12-06

    Let me trade in my one year old iPhone to cover the extra $250 AT&T wants for an early upgrade. I would gladly give you my old phone and $199 for a new one every year...

  1. bleee

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-28-02

    They should release the low cost iPhone... My sister is in the market for a new phone having owned my hand-me-down iPhone 4. She immediately balked at the price of the iPhone 5 unlocked and started looking at Android devices namely the Nexus 4. The unlocked iPhone 5 will cost upwards of $750 if you buy Apple Care and a basic case.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Why is unlocked so important to her? Does she travel internationally a lot?

    The Nexus 4 is cheaper, but she a) loses all of her iPhone apps, b) loses iCloud syncing, c) picks up the risk of viruses and malware. All to save a few bucks up front? I agree the Nexus 4 isn't a bad option on the surface (she's wise to look at Nexus phones, that's the only Android option I'd even remotely consider), but she needs to look at the real cost -- particularly if she's happy with her current carrier.

  1. bleebleeber


    Joined: 07-16-13

    chasm.... you are a straight shill for krapple, no question about it.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    So in other words, trolltroller, you're saying you have no counter to the facts that I pointed out in my post. Good to know.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by bleebleeberView Post

    chasm.... you are a straight shill for krapple, no question about it.

    How cute...disguising himself by spelling it with a "k".

    Slow work day?

    Or *is* this paid work?

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