Cricket claims weak iPhone sales...I hope Apple takes notice

With articles like this one on macrumors coming out, I can't help feel like Apple is getting a taste for what will happen if they loose that innovative spirit that Steve Jobs ingrained in the company. Samsung has really gained a lot of ground. This is such a critical time in the mobile space, and Apple released a slightly taller iPhone 4S and the incremental iOS6. At a time where they have more competition than ever, they should be knocking these new products out of the park! This is no time to be safe Apple. WAKE THE FCUK UP! I say this with complete love as a long time Apple fanboy and a stock shareholder. I'm just starting to worry about the future of Apple like I never have before. If 2013 is not a stellar, groundbreaking year for Tim Cook and Co, 2014 will be the year that Apple firmly looses its way. I really hope this doesn't happe !

Wednesday February 27, 2013 3:38 pm PST by Jordan Golson Six months after it started carrying the iPhone, U.S. regional carrier Cricket reports that it will only purchase half of its first-year commitment of iPhones by June 2013, reports BGR.

Back in June 2012, Cricket started carrying the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S after committing to buy at least $900 million worth of iPhones from Apple over the life of its deal with Apple. It got the iPhone 5 a week after it launched on the major U.S. carriers.

The carrier revealed that it is on pace to purchase only half of its first-year commitment from Apple through June 2013. The information in the filing contradicts earlier statements made by the company’s chief financial officers Jerry Elliot. The executive previously said that “sales of Apple devices were pretty good in the fourth quarter” and the carrier wasn’t concerned about meeting its commitment with Apple.
Cricket is generally considered one of roughly half a dozen "super-regional" carriers in the United States, with more than 5 million customers. The carrier offers a nationwide network through roaming agreements and its prepaid model offers simple pricing with no activation fees or overage charges.