Apple releases an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c, still far from affordable

Just as we told you the other day, Apple today released an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c. This new variation of the device is competely identical with the 16GB and the 32GB versions of the smartphone, except for the obvious difference in the internal storage space.

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.

Would you consider getting one?


source: Apple Store UKO2, SFR via Engadget

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53 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

androiphone20 thinks it's the best thing Apple has ever done.

33. engineer-1701d unregistered

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: 43; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

you watch movies on a 4 inch screen ? o.0 Wow

20. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

ewwman growup thisthemostinnovativeproduct inthehistoryofmankind sodontbejealous

25. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

plastic is fine, an over priced piece of tech is not.

49. stealthd unregistered

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.

53. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

affordable my A$$

2. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

iPhone 5C 16GB - biggest fail of 2013 iPhone 5C 8GB - biggest fail of 2014

14. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Iphone 5C is one of the biggest failure in Apple's history.

23. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

This is what happens when you don't believe in competitive pricing

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Technically the S4 will be the biggest fail of 2014.

47. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol no it isn't. Far from it.

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

OMG why the he** are they doing this?!

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because the 16GB iPhone 5C is collecting dust in stores.

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

So they want to collect even more dust lol.

50. rueleonheart

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 24, 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?

5. Azuna

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 24, 2013

iphone 5Cheaper

6. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

facepalm smh.

10. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 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: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I still wouldn't buy this shyt... Not even for an unloved family member....

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hook her up bro

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Mother's Day is right around the corner. :)

30. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

42. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

At least yo mama is smart.

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