Much of the attention surrounding the end of smartphone subsidies has been focused on the impact on wireless carriers. T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) is in the process of rolling out new plans, and there are rumors that Verizon (NYSE:VZ) will probably end subsidies soon as well; if so, AT&T (NYSE:T) will certainly be close behind. But how will smartphone makers such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) be affected?

In the following interview with the Fool's Alison Southwick, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses some of the potential impacts on Apple of the end of smartphone subsidies and why this might actually be good news for the iPhone maker.