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Apple hopes to lower the price of entry with the iPhone 5C by adding an 8GB variant

It was reported earlier this year that Apple’s latest current generation of smartphones have been somewhat of a mixed bag for the company. The $99, entry-level iPhone 5C (largely an iPhone 5 with a colorful plastic body) was apparently not the runaway sales success that Apple had predicted.
As Apple CEO Tim Cook put it, “It was the first time we ever ran that play, and demand percentage turned out to be different than we thought.”
Instead, most people just decided to pony up an extra $100 to get the superior-spec’d iPhone 5S with its faster A7 processor and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

iPhone 5C
There is now word that Apple is looking to turn the tide by introducing a cheaper, 8GB variant of the iPhone 5C this week (the cheapest iPhone 5C currently available is equipped with 16GB of storage and is priced at $99 on contract). The only other iPhone model that Apple offers with 8GB of capacity is the nearly three-year-old iPhone 4S, which is available for free on contract. It is unknown if the 8GB iPhone 5C would replace the iPhone 4S as a “freebie” smartphone, or if it will occupy a highly plausible $49 price point.
The first option seems like the most likely scenario, as it would allow Apple to rid itself of smartphones using the older 30-pin dock connector (Apple’s current generation products connect are equipped with a Lightning dock connector). It would also align all of Apple’s smartphone screens to 4” – that is until the iPhone 6 hits the market later this year.

Source: Apple Insider

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RE: Contract
By dsraa on 3/17/2014 10:08:49 AM , Rating: 2
Oh right...because everyone can make an extra 500-600 in a few weeks to buy a phone......You know not all of us have jobs where we can do that. Especially when a few weeks only equates to 1 month. Now if you said a few months, than maybe that would make sense. A $50 phone is all some can afford, which is specifically the people that use Simple Talk, Virgin mobile, or Boost.

RE: Contract
By mgilbert on 3/17/2014 10:14:41 AM , Rating: 5
If it takes three or four months to save up, that's better than paying $1300 for a phone on contract. Anyone who can't save up a few hundred dollars in that length of time either cannot afford an expensive phone in the first place and needs to be saving up for emergencies instead anyway, or doesn't know how to budget. Living on credit cards without any money in savings is irresponsible, unnecessary, and just plain stupid.

RE: Contract
By daboom06 on 3/17/2014 10:22:12 AM , Rating: 3
buying things that cost less than $10K with loans is stupid. if you can't afford to buy those things with cash, then you can't afford to buy them.

RE: Contract
By mgilbert on 3/17/2014 10:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. A car or house should be the only thing anyone buys on credit. Even a car loan should be avoided if possible - buy something old, and pay cash for as much of it as possible.

RE: Contract
By aliasfox on 3/17/2014 10:46:07 AM , Rating: 3
Paying in cash depends on your credit. If you can qualify for a subsidized car loan (say, 2.9% or better), it might be worth it to take the note and let your money earn interest/dividends/returns at a higher rate. You end up making a little bit of money (your returns - cost of loan), and may end up in a new car (with new tires, battery, and warranty) that may be cheaper to run and more reliable.

But even if you get a very low interest loan, paying for a car for more than three (maybe 4 years on the outside) is definitely stupid. Who wants a car note when other big bills start coming in? Or after you're tired of the car and want a change...

RE: Contract
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 3/17/2014 11:18:26 AM , Rating: 2
But even if you get a very low interest loan, paying for a car for more than three (maybe 4 years on the outside) is definitely stupid. Who wants a car note when other big bills start coming in? Or after you're tired of the car and want a change...

Or, you can trade in and hopefully not be too far underwater on the old car's loan. If you're going to do that regularly, it's probably worth leasing though, but the last few years used cars were at a ridiculous premium and buying new with cheap money to have a fresh, efficient vehicle with modern safety engineering and a warranty was not a bad way to go.

RE: Contract
By Nutzo on 3/17/2014 1:32:10 PM , Rating: 2
If you still have a loan on your old car, you shouldn't be looking for another car.

I kept my last few cars for over 10 years. \ll the years without a car payment let me save up a large down payment on the next car.

Even though I could have payed cash for the car I bought last year, I went with a 5 year loan because the dealer was offering 0%. Might as well keep the money in the bank when someone else will give me free use of thier money for 5 years.

If you traded your car into the dealer, you probably got even further ripped off. I sold my old car to a used car dealer for almost 2x what the new car dealer offered in trade. I usually resell to a private party, but the used car dealer made me such a good offer, it wasn't worth the effort to sell it privately.

RE: Contract
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 3/17/2014 11:15:31 AM , Rating: 2
It depends.

1.55% rate for $0 down/60 months is a price that I decided was worth paying to have liquid cash available vs. buying a car outright and being in a position to borrow that much $$ at a much higher rate in case of emergency.

Plus, while interest rates these days are anemic, you can still get "high yield" accounts approaching 1%, so if you borrow at 1.55% and have equivalent deposit at say 0.90%, you have liquid cash available and it only costs you .65% interest.

RE: Contract
By Solandri on 3/17/2014 5:13:43 PM , Rating: 2
Most high yield accounts don't let you keep your cash liquid. CDs are a good example - you get the interest rate in exchange for agreeing not to withdraw the money for a certain period of time.

The other type of high yield account is a debit checking account. In exchange for the 1%-1.5% interest rate, they require you to make a dozen or so debit card transactions each month. The interest you're earning isn't paid by the bank - it's paid by the merchants you're buying from in the form of debit transaction fees. So while yes you are earning higher interest, if everyone did this, the interest you're "earning" would just be paid back to the merchants in the form of higher prices. i.e. It only works if most people don't know about it and help subsidize your merchant prices.

RE: Contract
By cknobman on 3/17/2014 11:10:57 AM , Rating: 1
Then you don't deserve a phone like that then.

I'm sick and tired of everyone feeling self entitled to things these days.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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