Apple on Tuesday reported a huge quarter, crushing analysts’ estimates for the second fiscal quarter of 2012. During the earnings call that followed the company’s release, Apple executives were asked if they feared a potential squeeze on carrier subsidies, talk of which recently sent Apple’s stock tumbling. “Our focus is on making the very best smartphone in the world,” Apple CEO Tim Cook responded while brushing off the notion that carriers might be looking to squeeze iPhone subsidies. Carriers want to sell the products customers want according to Cook, and Apple’s iPhone is currently the best-selling smartphone in the world. The chief executive also stated that the iPhone is the best smartphone on the planet to entice feature phone users to upgrade to a smartphone, which is a primary goal for carriers as they promote high-margin data plans.
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