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

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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  • Storage 32 GB
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1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

5c (castrated)

20. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

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

24. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

1% is 1 million people that's a lot they about 1 billion people lol

30. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

39. Sparhawk

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

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

37. sanroy84 unregistered


2. SingDaFire

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

Well..... one is buying!!! Good luck selling those 'Cs'

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

28. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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?

6. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

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 :)

27. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

29. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

33. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

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)

4. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

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

5. jad.boutary

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

maybe color ?? :P

7. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

9. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

c= crap

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

12. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 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! .

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

15. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

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

18. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

25. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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

16. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

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