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Apple iPhone 5C price? "C" definitely does not stand for cheap

Posted: , by Victor H.


Apple iPhone 5C price?
The almost mystical Apple iPhone 5C, a device we've been hearing for months on end, has finally become a reality. It first appeared in rumors literally as “the affordable iPhone”, the “cheap” iPhone, and later when the 5C name finally surfaced many laughingly admitted: “Well, what if the C stands for cheap?”

Now we know that it does not. The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 and costs just as much as it. Price in China which rumors had it would be the main market for an affordable iPhone stands at the whopping 4488 yuan off contract, or the equivalent of more than $735. In Australia, the device will sell starting from $735.

It’s cheaper than the iPhone 5S, but it’s not cheap. To paint a clearer picture, let’s just mention that Apple will sell the iPhone 5S for an off contract price of 5288 yuan, or $866 in China. That’s the starting price for the basic 16GB model. If you’re wondering what makes the developing market of China that actually makes the iPhone get the phone for more than the affluent United States, the answer is duties mostly.

So, yeah, it has all turned into a joke now on China’s Weibo microblog where people comment that “C” stands for costly. It might have been that all rumors about the upcoming iPhones materialized except the best one - that it’d be cheap.

source: TechInAsia

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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:44 17

1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

5c (castrated)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:09 2

20. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

I think Apple will get 1% market share in China and other developing countries in a few years.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 19:11

24. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1172; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

1% is 1 million people that's a lot

they about 1 billion people lol

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 21:51 1

30. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3639; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

1% of one billion is 10 million, not 1 million.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 23:16

39. Sparhawk (Posts: 75; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)

@microsoftnokiawin: If that is how Microsoft and Nokia do math, the combined company is SOOO screwed.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 15:47

37. sanroy84 (unregistered)


posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:45 20

2. SingDaFire (Posts: 74; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)

Well..... Lmao...no one is buying!!! Good luck selling those 'Cs'

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:59 5

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

After first rumors about iPhone 5C, I was alreay saying that any cheap Apple phone or tablet won\'t be popular because people who loves to show off won\'t buy cheap device even if it has Apple logo on it! Why? Because according to this kind of Apple lovers - CHEAP IS NOT COOL!
Geeks also won\'t buy it because cheaper Apple phone or tablet won\'t have latest specs.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 21:42

28. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

The iPhone 5 sold quite well. Btw, the 5C is a rebadged iPhone 5 using a plastic shell selling at a lower price point.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:47 4

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10312; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I've read somewhere it's $450 off contract in the US. The choice of replacing Aluminum with Polycarbonate is a $200 difference? Seriously Apple?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:49 2

6. E.N. (Posts: 2584; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

I hear aluminum is actually one of the cheapest metals. Some Samsung phones use even cheaper feeling materials and go for much more than that.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:05

13. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)

I also think that €599 is far too much for 2012 smartphone. €450 would have been fine. Especially given that you get a more premium brand new iPhone 5 for €535 on the internet. But well, I am on an iPhone 4 right now and that microphone is not working good anymore. Getting an iPhone 5S. I am planning to get an iPhone 6 next year as well. But that will work fine because iPhone sell well on the internet. Over one year, I might lose €150 up to maybe €200 which isn\'t too much per month. But well, that is just my opinion of course :)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 19:30 1

27. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Aluminum is very cheap and not premium at all. The same stuff on your iphone is what they make soda cans out of.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 21:51

29. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

\"aluminum is actually one of the cheapest metals\" -- true, but misunderstood by the uneducated.

A ton of roll steel goes for pretty cheap because it is a commodity.

Once you start processing that steel, the price goes up.

And if you get to the price of steel springs used in expensive watches, the price of that steel is very expensive.

It\'s what Apple does with aluminium that determines the value of the aluminum as opposed to raw aluminium. That is to any smartphone manufacturer using the SAME raw aluminium will not get the look, feel, and polish of an Apple products.

It\'s like saying you and I can start with the same ingredients, but our food will look like crap compared with a five-star chef using the identical ingredients, respectively.

Moral of post: raw aluminum is cheap; however, processed aluminium is not.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 22:43

33. E.N. (Posts: 2584; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Ok...isn\'t that obvious? You can same the same exact thing for processed plastic as well. How does that help us here? What we should be comparing is raw vs raw material because since we don\'t know the details of processing, that\'s the only thing we can go off of.

Moral of story is that it probably doesn\'t cost that much more to both buy the materials and make the iPhone 5. As long as the iPhone 5C doesn\'t feel like a galaxy phone, I think they\'re good.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:51 6

8. quyenqchau0813 (unregistered)

It is not $450 off-contract. They misread the information, that's the new price for an iPhone 4S. The off-contract price for 5C is $549 (not included tax)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:48 12

4. Cha7520 (Posts: 221; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)

OMG!!! $735!!! for the "Cheap" iphone! Are the executives at Apple smoking crack?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:48 1

5. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

maybe color ?? :P

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:50

7. dorianb (Posts: 570; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

I'll be honest I wasn't expecting the 5C to be priced anywhere near any of the mid-tier Android phones. Maybe an mid/upper-tier Win8. But to off the 5 & use the 5C in its stead?!

My logic must really be bad because I was really expecting something like...
5S- $199/16GB & up
5- $99/8GB
5C- Somewhere around $49-$79/8GB

I like the lesser model now having storage size options, but that price is killing me.
There was no need to kill the 5 for this.
I'm just really surprised they didn't pull an iPod mini & put a 2-3yr old screen on it, & have a jacked up price.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 16:54 14

9. ajac09 (Posts: 1480; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

c= crap

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:00 5

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:52

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 5001; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I agreed with weibo that c for apple is cheap but the rest of the world known is as costly.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:04 7

12. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)

This just proves once again that Apple is all about making as much money of its blind followers.

Now the Nokia Lumia 1520 is built with quality materials and will go on sale for $425 off contract.

Need I say anymore!


posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:07

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10312; Member since: 14 May 2012)

$425 off contract when the 1020 costs how much? Lol you're sad.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:53 7

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3639; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

You seriously think the 1520 will retail for $425 off contract? Please allow me to partake in whatever it is you are smoking on. It must be superb.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:12

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10312; Member since: 14 May 2012)

That\'s what I\'m saying lol.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:19 8

15. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)

This move will seal apples fate, they are going to go down... Hard

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:58 1

18. kindlefireowner (Posts: 497; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Apple is sitting on $150 billion dollars of profits. Apple is not going anywhere but the bank.
Business 101. Make a product that people like, then sell it for as much as possible. Apple has that down pat.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 19:14 6

25. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1172; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

nokia was worth 250 billion about 6 years ago today sold for 3 billion business revolves and evolves and if you don't evolve with it you fall off and die

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 17:52 3

16. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

Whole 5C doesn't make sense, unless it's a way of shifting design concepts slowly. It was reported to be a cheaper model for China, how is an expensive phone going to hold up against that plan? Maybe in a few weeks or months new information will arise and this will make sense, right now it doesn't.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:08 1

19. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

GrapeEyes has been far gone far too long. Say hello to phonearena\'s new top Troll.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:16 1

22. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2180; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Wow.... apple takes advantage, of thier loyal users... gives them two shytty choices of phones. But price high.. for an outdated apple iFone experience

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 19:15

26. julz17ronald (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)

The price is too high..

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 22:12

31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5704; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

being that my iPhone purchase will be off-contract i'll just spring the Benjamin for the 5S.
i think i'll get the grey one... o:

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 22:32

32. kanagadeepan (Posts: 866; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

iPhone 5C --- C for cunning...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 23:06

34. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

apple 5 crooks??

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 01:44

35. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, White. Apple iPhone 5Colors!

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 14:03

36. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

I agree c colors lol not a bad gimmick chose your color

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 16:35

38. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1453; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I think apple will drop the price of the iphone 5C in a few months. it's the same old deal folks which is bring the product out a high price to recoup a little production costs and lower it later to it's final cost. look at the Nokia 1020 at first it cost 399 on contract to get one now folks it's 199. dollars to get one. in the end the Apple 32 gig 5c will sell for 100 to 150 dollars on contract and the 16 gig 5cf will cost you 0 to 50. dollars to buy on contract. I am not an apple fan and I can see this.The Iphone 6 I predict will come out in 2 models. one will be a near repeat of the Iphone 5S and the other will be the 5 or 6 inch screen iphone 6 phablet. At it's launch this smart phone will outsell every iphone ever made. Apple fans mouth's are watering for this smart phone. in th end there will be the Iphone 6 Phablet., the regular iphone 6, and the 100 dollar 5C
on the market sept 2014. . .

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 01:59

41. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3639; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

You don't know how wrong you are. First off, the 1020 was never $399 on contract. It started off at $299. Also, I've never seen an iPhone go down in price until shortly before the next one arrives. Terrible predictions.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 01:44

40. nadarbsm (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

the new iPhone 5C.. where "C" stands for "Chutiyalog"... Indian people will understand..

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