Apple releases an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c, still far from affordable
The device is already listed in some of Apple's online stores across the globe. The latest addition to the iPhone 5c family is also available with most of the major mobile carriers in Europe.
For example, O2, the second largest carrier in the UK, offers the iPhone 5c with several conracts. These start from $21.63 (£13) with an upfront cost of $682 (£409.99), but you can also opt to get Apple's "affordable" device for $71 (£43) a month with no upfront payment. As a comparison, O2 has put a $782 (£469.99) price tag on the 16GB version of the iPhone 5c off contract, whereas the older iPhone 4s will set you back $598.95 (£359.99).
SFR, another carrier that already offers the just-released iPhone 5c 8GB, will let you get the Apple-branded smartphone off contract for as much as $834.47 (EUR599). You can also claim the device for $41.78 (EUR 29.99) a month with a contract.
Apple's move most probably aims to boost up the sales of the iPhone 5c, which is everything but a bestseller device, because consumers usually opt for the slightly more expensive, but more premium iPhone 5s. We already told you that the Cupertino company purportedly stockpiled at least 3 million units of the iPhone 5c, 2 million of which stashed at Pegatron, one of Apple's contract manufacturers.
We are expecting the iPhone 5c 8GB to hit all of Apple's online stores pretty soon. The price of the device in the USA will probably be around the $500 mark for the unlocked version.
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Apple iPhone 5c
source: Apple Store UK, O2, SFR via Engadget
1. Finalflash (Posts: 1437; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
More inventory space will be needed to hold these units for the year. Hope the retailers have warehouses large enough to accommodate more of these. I still can't believe that they actually made this thing and iFans actually defended it. After all of that plastic/toy/cheap name calling and then its all "what hate? plastic is totally (unapologetically) fine".
7. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Indeed. To help poor sales of the 5C, they release a less capable and even more overpriced version. Makes perfect sense.
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)
androiphone20 thinks it's the best thing Apple has ever done.
33. engineer-1701d (Posts: 415; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
so what would you say apples planes are because a 8 gig phone would leave you about4-5 gig room for apps music movie pics maybe 100 each and 1 movie, why sell that
48. Calm_down_mon (Posts: 35; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)
you watch movies on a 4 inch screen ? o.0 Wow
20. seret6 (Posts: 37; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
25. jan25 (Posts: 383; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
plastic is fine, an over priced piece of tech is not.
49. stealthd (Posts: 913; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
The issue wasn't metal vs plastic, it's metal vs plastic vs cheap crappy plastic. Not all plastics are created equal. The 5c uses a pretty dense plastic, it's very firm and doesn't give, and it isn't prone to smudging or feeling slimy, unlike some other phones out there.
2. wando77 (Posts: 265; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
I never used to want one of these when they were 16gb but now...... I can't wait to get my hands on an 8gb version
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)
iPhone 5C 16GB - biggest fail of 2013
iPhone 5C 8GB - biggest fail of 2014
14. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 438; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Iphone 5C is one of the biggest failure in Apple's history.
23. bestmvno (Posts: 108; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)
This is what happens when you don't believe in competitive pricing
26. joey_sfb (Posts: 2552; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
How can this ever fail the greatest designer the world has ever known jony ive has focus tremendous amount of his creativity into the iPhone 5C.
Holy trinity of 8G 16G and 32G
Copycats and non believers be damn!
40. mrblah (Posts: 393; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
Technically the S4 will be the biggest fail of 2014.
9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Because the 16GB iPhone 5C is collecting dust in stores.
16. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2243; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
So they want to collect even more dust lol.
50. rueleonheart (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
Are those the old 5C's in the storages of Apple and they just replaced it with a 8GB storage and call it an innovative new product?
10. SAO101789 (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
I'm lossing hope for my iphone 5S, this is a joke. I still use itunes because of my media but if iphone 6 doesn't meet my needs especially the camera I'm going to nokia or android
41. mrblah (Posts: 393; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
What does this have to do with your 5S?? You have the best cam on a phone. I switched to android a few times, trust me, they aren't ready for a daily driver.
11. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
I still wouldn't buy this shyt... Not even for an unloved family member....
12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)
My mother wanted the iPhone 5C until I showed it to her in person and saw the pink plastic. She wants the Champaign Gold 5S now haha.
18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Mother's Day is right around the corner. :)
30. Doakie (Posts: 1099; Member since: 06 May 2009)
I ordered my mother a 16 GB Moto G and a purple battery door. I think that cost me $220 plus shipping. Camera is not great but it also cost me half the money that an iPhone would have.
13. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1196; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
What no one has answered yet is, how does this help the 5c models sitting in warehouses? They won't just lower the price on the warehoused models because they don't want to lose money, but they'll shelve them and build a new one with even less desirable specs and try to sell than.
I always thought the 5c was only there to drive people to the higher end 5s, and it apparently did it's job. So maybe now they want to make another model to do the same thing for the 16 & 32GB 5c models? So in a few more months will they come out with a 5c with 4GB so they can try to clear out the 8GB models? Just drop the price of the warehoused models and call it a day.
15. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Apple can the 5c, and put the colors on the new iPhones for 2014. 5c is ok, but too expensive to steer people away from the mighty 5s. Get rid of it, or steeply drop the price. The jedster approves this message.
21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7354; Member since: 14 May 2012)
They never should have released the 5C. The 5 was doing so damn well on it's own and would have continued to sell with Apple.
43. mrblah (Posts: 393; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
The 5/5S is to expensive to produce at low volumes.
39. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
The 5C was cheaper to manufacture than the 5 was. That's why the 5c exists. 5C will be the "Free" model in 2014, and the 8GB version will be the most likely culprit.
24. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 438; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
That's really sad :'(
I want to see his comment in this article.
27. Doakie (Posts: 1099; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Hmm $500 for an unlocked 8 GB iPhone 5C or $400 for a 32 GB Nexus 5.... I'll have to think about this..... I'll take the iPhone....errrrr.....derp.
iPhone owners are so dumb with how they are willing to pay the prices they do. When we switched to AT&T we had 4 lines. This was in October, we got three Note 3's and one iPhone 5S 16 GB the white aluminum silver one. We got it on special at Best Buy for $99 on contract. Turned around sold it on Craigslist for $650. It took two days to find a buyer at that price. Then we bought a Nexus 5 32GB for $400. So in the end the Nexus 5 was free and we had money in the pocket. Assuming 10% sales tax we ended up about $90 ahead with a free Nexus 5, all preying on the resale value of a tiny little iPhone. I almost wanted to say to the guy I was selling the phone to and say "You do realize paying $650 for this phone is stupid, right?" But that might have ruined my scheme. You know what they say, a fool and his money are soon parted....
44. mrblah (Posts: 393; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
Well maybe the 5s was still hard to get in Oct. and iPhones hold value unlike your pos Notes.
28. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 98; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
It's amazing that this is the level they sink to when they can't sell a product.
"Well it must be the price, its the only thing it could be........What should we do"
So I suppose the correct thing to do is remove storage and bump the price down 50.00
Whatever you say darn rotten fruit.
29. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 825; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Apple will never submit to the real reason that phone won't sell. They can't. They're worried way too much about protecting their image and pocketbooks.
31. tntwit (Posts: 24; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Does anyone really think they would build new phones (with 8GB) if they still have 3 million units sitting in a warehouse?
I think the 5C is selling better than expected and cutting into more profitable 5S sales and Apple that is why Apple is playing along with the reports. They don't want to admit that people won't spend more for a finger print scanner.
Everyone keeps saying the 5S is so much better, yet the 5S was criticized on launch for not being enough of an update.
They keep citing the off contract price, yet it is quite common in the US to buy ON contract where the price for the 5C 16 GB model has been much cheaper than the 5S with the sales they have had. I bought the 32 GB model for $99 and the 32 GB 5S can be as high as $299. I couldn't see paying at least $100 more for what amounts to a finger print scanner, a faster processor that most don't care about and a fancy case that I just covered up anyways. I think there are many consumers who feel the same way. I know of 2 others who couldn't see it either and went with the 5C.
By the way, I had a Droid X and then an S3 before moving to the 5C, and while I was happy with the S3, I have zero regrets and am quite happy with the 5C.
Since Apple doesn't report numbers, we'll never know, but you have to ask why they would build more if they can't sell what they supposedly have, and that's why I think the whole thing is fishy.
32. tntwit (Posts: 24; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
I should also add that I love the smaller form factor of the 4" screen and my wife (who has the S3 also would like to move to a smaller format.
While I completely agree that Apple needs a big screen contender, I really hope they maintain a 4" model since there is definitely a market for it.
In case anyone is wondering, I switched to this phone (as dumb as it may sound) because the steering wheel controls on my vehicle would not work with an Android phone without crazy hacks I wasn't willing to gamble on. There was an admitted 2-3 days culture shock/adjustment period where I was ready to take it back (and I had 14 days to do so), but after a few days, I really fell in love with the simplicity of the OS. No, it's not for everyone, but it is for me and is a much better experience than anyone might expect after reading opinions on various web sites.
34. AfterShock (Posts: 2106; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Considering how fads are treated, they have to be careful how they release a bigger screened phone.
The fans once shown a bigger screen will dump 4" stock like never before, and guess who needs to move more of that said stock prior.
They'll (Apple) bulldoze them into the ground in a year our so when the write off happens on them unsold millions, or try and flog them on other countries harder.
45. mrblah (Posts: 393; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
Good one,so funny you had to post twice?? Perhaps your are the drunkard.
37. Planterz (Posts: 553; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Why the heck are they so expensive in the UK? $782 for the 16GB? You can get one on Amazon for $560. So theoretically, the 8GB version should be around $450-470. Still overpriced of course, but not quite ridiculously so like in the UK.
But for that much, I'd rather get a Nexus 5 or a Moto X if I wanted something colorful.
38. fatedcircle14 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)
just like daniel bryan's another tagline
"NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!!!"
51. techperson211 (Posts: 428; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Seriously they release this sh*t ??!!! Well this is innovative. Make sure that they have enough storage as well for the 8gb version.