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But the 5C is bringing in new customers from other operating systems

Apple's iPhone 5S is far ahead of its cheaper sibling -- the 5C -- when it comes to sales in Britain. 

According to a new report from The Telegraph, the iPhone 5S is outselling the 5C by a ratio of three-to-one. The 5S is Apple's latest high-end iPhone release that launched in September for an unsubsidized starting price of $650. The 5C starts at $550.

But this doesn't necessarily mean that the 5C was a bust for Apple. In fact, the report noted that the 5C has been acting like an iOS starter kit for those coming from other mobile operating systems like Android and Windows Phone. 

The report quoted Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech., saying that nearly half of iPhone 5C owners switched from competitor brands (mainly Samsung and LG) while 80 percent of 5S owners upgraded from an older iPhone model.

The report also noted that the 5C is attractive to households with lower incomes (less than $49,000). 

Apple is making some headway in the UK, but it still trails behind Android. Android's market share in the UK is 56 percent while Apple's iOS sits in second place with 29 percent. Windows Phone is in third place with 12 percent and BlackBerry is in last place with 3 percent.  

Source: The Telegraph

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By crimson117 on 12/2/2013 11:32:50 AM , Rating: 5
+/- $100 is irrelevant compared to the total cost of ownership of a smartphone (data, minutes, apps, etc), and especially when you consider resale value of the phone after a few years.

By Kremlar on 12/2/2013 12:44:49 PM , Rating: 2

By Motoman on 12/2/2013 4:31:04 PM , Rating: 1
This is just Apple trolling the they're trying to "prove" that their consumer base is too sophisticated to buy a "budget" phone - by making the "budget" phone costs $550.

They should get punched in the face just for that.

A budget phone is one that sells for about a hundred bucks at Walmart, full retail. $550 is a high-end price tag, regardless of what the actual phone is.

By StrangerGuy on 12/3/2013 5:14:43 AM , Rating: 2
Unlocked Note 3s costs a wee bit more than an unlocked 5C 32GB and will easily drop below that within a month over here in SE Asia. Saying the 5C is a budget phone is a massive overstatement.

Windows Phone: doing well in the UK
By nafhan on 12/2/2013 12:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
Wow... people like their Windows phones in the UK (and Europe as a whole). Looks like low end Nokias are driving that growth:

RE: Windows Phone: doing well in the UK
By hughlle on 12/2/2013 1:24:28 PM , Rating: 1
Cheap phones are very much still a thing in the UK. Partly because the more high end phones are geared towards big screens for media streaming via 4g, the issue being that in the UK, 4g is almost non-existent, and 3g is here but shit none the less unless living in London, so for most, the unusable features, coupled with huge price hike for a 4g contract over a 3g contract make these phones a little bit useless for a lot of their intended use. I bought the htc one a few months ago for no other reason than i loved its design, but in honesty, it's features are absolutely worthless to me, and i would have happily kept my old 3g handset if i wasn't such a technofool.

If i was to buy a phone just as an out and about handset, as opposed to something i have to mollycodle and worry about losing, i'd definately get a lumia, they sell for chump change now and seem very well built.

By mackx on 12/2/2013 2:50:19 PM , Rating: 2
what the hell are you talking about?

i can only speak about Liverpool but 4G has been here for a while from EE and 3G speeds are decent on Three (mobile operator)

I get 16-18 Mbit, pay £12 ($18ish a month) and get unlimited data (just broke 100GB this month) and will get a free upgrade to unlimited 4G during the next few months when they finish setting it up.

how is that unusable?

By Monkey's Uncle on 12/2/2013 9:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
Of the 42 iPhone users in the UK, 37 prefer the 5S.


RE: So,
By Monkey's Uncle on 12/2/2013 9:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
My bad. lousy math skills...

there are really 32 iPhone 5S users ;)

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