Re: "In addition the need for a replaceable battery is much less than years ago ..."
> Really? Consider how non-replaceable batteries recently affected Samsung.
They'd have had to have the phones replaced anyway.
Also, Samsung did suffer because they don't have "Stores" the way Apple has, where you can actually talk to a human being.
Samsung has "repair centers" and resellers that are mainly doing just that: re-selling. The "repair centers" are 3rd-parties that have no connection to Samsung other than a contract.