Bloomberg puts a price on the rumored affordable iPhone - $99 to $149
posted by Daniel P. / Jan 09, 2013, 10:13 AM
since February 2011, they say, 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.The idea for a more affordable iPhone has been seriously considered and started to be worked on
Bloomberg rehashes the WSJ claim that the cheaper iPhone will use existing parts, but says it might be smaller than the current Cupertino flagship. The idea is apparently for the phone to be built from the ground-up with a good value-for-money ratio, instead of just slashing the price of existing models upon introduction of the new one.
And the price would be? Bloomberg pegs it at $99-$149 at retail, which is really something we have to see to believe. The goal is also for the phone to be able to work on as broad a range of carrier networks as possible, and Apple has been in talks with at least one US carrier about it, the source divulged. Those rumors about multi-colored iPhones in the making now make much more sense, too.
Something is definitely brewing with the iPhone franchise this year, and late 2013 should be the earliest time to watch for a more affordable iPhone to infiltrate the market, if Bloomberg's story ultimately holds water. Tim Cook was spotted in China lately, and that is one huge market for an affordable iPhone to make inroads and soak market share like a sponge
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Impossible not that low,i think guess 350-399$ there now thats close to the truth
posted on Jan 09, 2013, 10:23 AM 3
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.
posted on Jan 09, 2013, 10:46 AM 3
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.
posted on Jan 09, 2013, 12:31 PM 1
Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 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.
posted on Jan 10, 2013, 12:03 PM 0
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its the 3GS .....
posted on Jan 09, 2013, 10:24 AM 4
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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.
posted on Jan 09, 2013, 10:27 AM 2
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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.
posted on Jan 09, 2013, 11:12 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 09, 2013, 11:54 AM 0
If you have to get a contract it isn't "affordable"
posted on Jan 09, 2013, 3:47 PM 0
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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!
posted on Jan 09, 2013, 6:48 PM 0
Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 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.
posted on Jan 10, 2013, 12:01 PM 0
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