Bloomberg puts a price on the rumored affordable iPhone - $99 to $149
0. phoneArena 09 Jan 2013, 10:13 posted on
The idea for a more affordable iPhone has been seriously considered internally since February 2011, which means that it has been anointed by Steve Jobs himself, and apparently Apple feels now is the right time to lock in more market share, as the industry is maturing and smartphones get commoditized quickly...
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1. chasetorres125 (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Impossible not that low,i think guess 350-399$ there now thats close to the truth
6. MeoCao (unregistered)
for $150 you can buy 5 connectors from Apple.
And iPhone is very simple phone, so beside material what Apple can trim to reduce the cost? Not much I guess.
So the chance is new phone will cannibalize iPhone sales as Apple will never be able to compete with host of Android OEMs in choice and price.
15. Aeires (unregistered)
Apple makes $94 profit on each 16 gigs of memory. Apple can make a cheaper phone, question is, would they?
19. MeoCao (unregistered)
That's the point, Apple can't reduce the price much by cutting cost but they have to mostly reduce the profit.
And there's negative effect on Apple brand as well.
So the plan is risky for Apple.
23. Aeires (unregistered)
IMO, at this point Apple is more concerned about locking people into their ecosystem than what their brand image is. If a massive amount of people buy a cheap iPhone, then buy a lot of apps, they're as good as locked in as you get. Hard for people to jump ship when you're invested with app purchases.
28. MeoCao (unregistered)
for companies like Apple, the brand is almost everything. They can't afford to let new cheap phones to affect their brand.
20. MeoCao (unregistered)
30. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Exactly what rock have you been under that you were completely ignorant to apple charging $30 for the lightning (LOL) adapter? I really am curious since every time I hear apple news I just want to take a giant sh*t, and would love to live under your rock.
24. rf1975 (Posts: 230; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Even for that price I am seriously doubt this going to happened.
31. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Doubtful, the 3GS STILL goes for $599 or $499 unactivated.
Hell, the 8GBs of memory alone are "worth" $100 according to apples pricing scheme-I mean structure.
4. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
Sorry if this sounds dumb, but when US sources refer to costs like this are they referring to the cost of the phone unlocked or on contract? In the UK virtually every phone (including the S3 and Note 2) are available for free on contract, usually with a relatively low tariff cost.
7. Hemlocke (unregistered)
This is an in subsidized price, and it would be the same, taking currency exchange rates into account, everywhere.
5. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 778; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
The problem really isn't price in my opinion its style.....no bells and whistle lower priced iPhone or a bell and whistle Android or windows phone.
8. cripton805 (Posts: 896; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
If its $149, might as well get the more powerful bigger brother or a better cheaper Android. $99 or cheaper would be about right.
9. Robert235 (Posts: 48; Member since: 30 May 2010)
affordable iphone ,that means hell had freeze over.
10. loganryan (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
Iphone is known for its premium quality.and doesnt matter how costly it is ,it always selling like hot cake and apple making a lot of profit,i dont see why apple wanna change this trend,
12. Sharky (Posts: 75; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)
Something had to get lost between the reporter and the source. There's no way that a cheaper iPhone will actually retail between $99-149. That must be an on contract price. Just consider that the iPod nano costs $139. Even the 4th gen iPod touch costs $199. But I certainly wouldn't complain if Apple accomplished that price point off contract.
14. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
I think you're right. If Apple do release an iPhone at this price it'll have a knock on effect across a lot of their products. I can't see Apple wanting to reduce the price of their iPods too.
13. fanboy1974 (Posts: 942; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
This is going to be one crappy phone if that's retail pricing. Especially if Apple is selling the latest ipod touch at $300.
16. jsoliz1985 (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
With T-Mobile being so adamant about not wanting to subsidize so much going forward and their plans to sell the iPhone soon it makes sense for Apple to provide a less expensive option, not to mention the lucrative possibilites in emerging markets the world over.
25. networkdood (Posts: 5228; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
It will have 4GB of data storage, 256MB RAM, 256Mhz processor, 3.2 inch screen, screen resolution of 112ppi.
26. jimjam (Posts: 227; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
If you have to get a contract it isn't "affordable"
32. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
If you can'y afford a contract rethink your life and the decisions you've made.
27. MC1123 (Posts: 1219; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
there's actually a cheaper iphone called the iphone 3gs...
why wont apple do some tweaking on it? run it on a dual core CPU..
coz i feel like a plastic iphone is just a joke!
the sad thing is that all steve jobs words are no more...
for example, no 7" tablet version of the iPad, but now apple release ipad Mini!
29. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Analysts are a joke and here's proof: apple just annaounced a "new" iFlash (barf) drive with 8GB of memory. The price? $99 USD. $99 for 8GB. 8GB = $99. No way in hell are they going to sell a phone for under $400 unactivated. Never happen.