Report: Apple Looks to Boost Disappointing iPhone 5C Sales with 8GB Model
March 17, 2014 9:13 AM
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Apple hopes to lower the price of entry with the iPhone 5C by adding an 8GB variant
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
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.
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
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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
3/17/2014 11:10:54 AM
A 24 month contract with a bill that's $25/mo higher due to usage you wouldn't ordinarily consume will cost you $600 extra over the course of the contract. Most unlimited plans I'm aware of that have subsidized phones run more like $70 or higher, while you could get a limited prepaid plan for $25-30/mo, so it's more like $40/mo higher over 24 months, which would be $960.
Plus applicable taxes and fees, of course.
3/17/2014 11:42:07 AM
I picked a data plan that would suit my needs without being overboard or leaving me having to ration my calls or such. My 2 year contract inc phone will cost me £300 less than if i had bought the phone, and then bought the sim-only variant of my tariff to use for 2 years.
So contrary to the OP's assertion, it was far cheaper for me to get a 2 year contract than to buy a handset and go sim-only.
3/17/2014 12:07:47 PM
Page Plus (PP) through Kitty Wireless is my choice for low cost cellular. Yes, PP is a prepaid service, but Kitty Wireless takes care of everything and simply bills me monthly as verizon did. Just costs me less now.
I was paying $54.00mo through Verizon. Clark Howard forums went over PagePlus and that for $29.99 mo, you get 1,200 talk, 3,000 text and 500mb of data. No contract.
If you're not a fashionista about having the most recent phone, you can buy a good Motorla Droid phone like the RAZR for around 125.00 and get onto Page Plus for $30mo and no contract.
I started off with buying a friends Droid R2D2 over 3 years ago for 150.00 with all the accessories including car dock. I find the Google Maps Navigation does a great job for me and have never exceeded my data plan. Just moved up to a Motorola RAZR. Yes, it's not the newest phone on the market, but it does exactly what the new ones do. It' makes calls and gets me my emails.
I don't tweet,facebook or browse the web on the phone, so data consumption has never been an issue. I use the data mostly for navigation.
I figure I've conservatively saved just over $2,000 since moving to PagePlus. PP uses the verizon network, so no change in quality of service.
~Best wishes on your choices and keeping what you earned.
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