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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 retrospooty on 3/17/2014 11:07:25 AM , Rating: 1
"Since a contract typically costs about $50 more a month than pay as you go service "

I agree, its best to buy your phone outright, but it's not quite equal to compare a normal contract service vs. pay as you go.

T-Mobile has a great option for this. You pick your phone and you can either buy up front, or you can choose to pay $15, 20, 25(ish) extra a month depending on the phone's price. No contract, but if you leave you have to pay off the remainder of the phone. It's overall far cheaper and better, if they have decent service where you live/travel to.

RE: Contract
By Nutzo on 3/17/2014 1:50:17 PM , Rating: 2
Even better bring your own phone.

I have the T-Mobile family plan, 3 lines for $90

Unlimited talk, text and 500MB data. (unlimited data at 2g speeds)

Bought a couple Nexus 4 phones when they where on clearance for $249 last year
(T-Mobile wanted $480 for the same phone!)

RE: Contract
By retrospooty on 3/17/2014 2:35:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. If I weren't on a company paid Verizon phone I would have a Nexus 5 at T-Mo right now.

Also, at some point this month, that 500mb goes up to 1GB.

RE: Contract
By Rukkian on 3/17/2014 2:42:14 PM , Rating: 2
It's overall far cheaper and better, if they have decent service where you live/travel to.

That is the big difference here. Several people here are judging others saying you are stupid for doing this or stupid for doing that based on their own situation. For those of us living in the middle of nowhere (in my case Iowa), there really is only a choice between Verizon and ATT if you want data. Some people actually use their devices (I use 10+GB/month) without ever tethering or downloading large files. It is all due to streaming, which is a big no-no for many of the low cost providers, and most of them still use tmobile.

There is the old adage, you get what you pay for. In the case of Verizon, it is definitely true imo if you do not live in a big city, as nobody else can provide data for my commute, or where I work. Once you are with Verizon (due to coverage in my case) it is actually stupid to buy your own, as you get no break in price. You pay the subsidized price either way.

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