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Handset subsidies are a common strategy that operators use to make smartphones more affordable and to promote take-up of their service offering. However, they can squeeze operators’ profit margins, because not all subsidies can be recouped through service charges. This report considers the subsidies and strategies for a variety of tariffs from 16 operators in 5 countries, using the example of the iPhone 5S (16GB).

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The Operator subsidy strategies and alternative ways of making smartphones affordable
Executive summary
Recommendations
Operator best practice
Subsidy analysis by country
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