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No word on US launch just yet, but it is expected

Just yesterday, reports were circulating that Apple would be rolling out an 8GB version of the iPhone 5C smartphone. Those reports have proven to be true with the new 8GB version of the iPhone 5C landing in China and Europe.
 
Carriers across Europe are currently taking orders for the 8GB iPhone 5C. UK carrier O2 and French carrier SFR are said to be offering the device for free on contract.
 
The 8GB version of the phone is available directly from the Apple Store as well with an unlocked version selling for £429 making it £40 cheaper than the 16GB version of the smartphone.
 
The new 8GB iPhone 5C is available in multiple colors and other than having less storage; the device has the same exact hardware found in other iPhone 5C versions. It's unclear at this point if the iPhone 4S will be discontinued now that the 8GB 5C is available -- as of now the iPhone 4S is still on carrier websites.
 
The 8GB iPhone 5C has yet to make an appearance in the U.S.

Sources: Engadget, Apple insider



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What a steal
By hughlle on 3/18/2014 11:03:13 AM , Rating: 3
So apples 8gb budget handset is significantly more expensive than either the HTC One or Samsung S4. Bargain!




RE: What a steal
By BRB29 on 3/18/14, Rating: -1
RE: What a steal
By Flunk on 3/18/2014 12:12:09 PM , Rating: 2
Because most people in the US/Canada don't understand that subsidies cost them more in the long run.


RE: What a steal
By hughlle on 3/18/2014 12:46:59 PM , Rating: 2
8gb Iphone 5C retails for £429

I can buy a brand new HTC One for £365 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/HTC-One-32GB-Free-Smartpho...
I can buy a brand new S4 for £319 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Galaxy-Smartphone-...

I'm not confused in the slightest.


RE: What a steal
By DaveLessnau on 3/18/2014 2:11:08 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
So apples 8gb budget handset is significantly more expensive than either the HTC One or Samsung S4....

... No, the HTC One retails for $550 to $600 right now.


I don't know where the communication fault lies, but that's exactly what the OP was saying. £429 is $711.37. So, the 8GB iPhone 5C (at over $700) IS more expensive than the HTC One with the prices your quoted ($550 to $600).

For another take on this, look at "Eight Android phones to buy instead of the 8GB iPhone 5c":

http://www.androidcentral.com/eight-android-phones...


RE: What a steal
By name99 on 3/18/2014 1:54:57 PM , Rating: 1
shorter hughlle:

"Everyone should have the same tastes I have"


RE: What a steal
By hughlle on 3/18/2014 2:15:17 PM , Rating: 2
Where did i say that?

I simply pointed out that apples budget phone is significantly more expensive than a flagship android phone. Not to mention the fact that the 5c is basically hardware released 6 months prior to the One and 7 months prior to the S4.

I have not told anyone what to buy, or which is better, simply pointing out how overpriced it is, which, well, is anyone surprised?


RE: What a steal
By name99 on 3/18/2014 5:16:53 PM , Rating: 1
You are claiming that a "flagship Android phone" represents the same value proposition as an iPhone (top of the line or not) at a lower price. This is a JUDGEMENT call, which gives zero value to iOS, the Apple ecosystem, and sundry build quality aspects of an iPhone.
It's fine to state that that's your opinion, but that wasn't good enough for you --- you insisted on stating it as an objective fact about the world.

Now you're pissed off that someone called you on your bullshit.


RE: What a steal
By ven1ger on 3/19/2014 3:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
You on the other hand are attributing more value to iOS, the Apple ecosystem and the sundry build is why the cost of the iPhone is much higher than comparable or better phones. The OP never brought up those factors and just based it purely on the aspects of the cost of the phones.

Just because you want to justify the high cost of purchasing an iPhone because of the reasons you listed, a majority of others seem to believe that other phones have better value than the iPhone, hence iPhones declining marketshare. See other than the factors you list, people do like more choices such as larger screens, expandable memory, longer battery life, better resolutions, and the list goes on and I think Retro has a long list of the features that iPhones lack vs the competition.

If I were to go on marketshare alone, I'd say that more people don't think the iPhone is worth the extra cost when compared against the competition.


RE: What a steal
By Nutzo on 3/19/2014 12:47:47 AM , Rating: 2
How much does 8GB of flash cost in the quantities that apple buys? Maybe $5? It probably costs Apple more than $5 a device just to have to keep an additional model in stock.

This is just a marketing ploy so Apple can show they have a "cheaper" model, and to try and catch a little more of the lower end customers. Apple can't just lower the 16GB model (like they should) because it will hurt their high margins.


Seems a little small...
By Belegost on 3/18/2014 12:01:20 PM , Rating: 2
With no practical way to add storage what exactly is someone going to do with an 8GB iPhone? My wife got a new 16GB last week (btw thanks a lot Samsung for effing up the GS3 4.3 update so bad that I bought it just to get 5 minutes of peace), and already 7GB are used just loading some basic apps and a couple games. This is her first iOS device, so she doesn't have a bunch of stuff importing.

I just don't see people being very happy with that small space given the size of modern apps.




RE: Seems a little small...
By Flunk on 3/18/2014 12:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
You see, they sell you the 8GB one which you like but the lack of storage frustrates you into buying a 32GB iPhone 5S.


RE: Seems a little small...
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/18/2014 12:16:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
(btw thanks a lot Samsung for effing up the GS3 4.3 update so bad that I bought it just to get 5 minutes of peace)
Sounds like a PICNIC, my update to 4.3 went smooth.


RE: Seems a little small...
By Belegost on 3/18/2014 1:38:23 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Seems a little small...
By name99 on 3/18/2014 1:57:39 PM , Rating: 1
shorter Belegost:
"Everyone should their phone the same way I do".

You do realize that your claim about "size of modern apps" is nonsense, at least on iOS?
I have 133 apps on my iPhone5, and they take up 4.35 GB of storage.


RE: Seems a little small...
By ven1ger on 3/18/2014 5:04:27 PM , Rating: 2
shorter name99:
"Everyone should their phone the same way I do".

Apps are getting larger on the average. As apps development matures, apps are getting larger with more functionality. Not talking about little games, but productivity apps are getting pretty large.


RE: Seems a little small...
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/18/2014 8:54:15 PM , Rating: 3
shorter name99:
troll


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