Possible pricing for affordable iPhone emerges

Possible pricing for affordable iPhone emerges
The budget-friendly iPhone has been making the rounds with various leaked images of multi-colored plastic casings that are expected to adorn the as-yet unannounced device. Just how affordable might this iPhone be versus the flagship model?

Sonny Dickson is fairly dialed into the realm of prototype news and leaked iPhone parts. He also seems to have a line on what the new iPhone might cost.

The lower cost iPhone might come in the familiar capacity segments we have seen on the past couple generations of devices. A 16GB model might run $349, 32GB for $449 and 64GB for $549. Those prices represent a $300 reduction from the retail cost of the iPhone 5. Those prices are also less expensive than the iPhone 4S which is still available in 16GB flavor. Even the 8GB iPhone 4 retails for $450.

As for when this device will hit the market, that is still up for speculation, but it is certainly reasonable to expect it about the time, or maybe shortly after, the new iPhone is announced as iOS 7 becomes available to the masses, likely mid-September.

Thanks Vlad for the tip.

via: G 4 Games

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48 Comments

47. DKJnr

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I really think that Apple is getting this wrong. I don't see how they will succeed in the budget smartphone market. They might only succeed in diluting the brand. Secondly, other OEMs for Android or Nokia are releasing very good budget smartphones at lower price points. Apple is known for innovation, quality and most other attributes that support it's premium brand position and they have been extremely successful at it. Why try to compete with ZTE (if you get my point)? I believe they should stick with old strategy of older handset being the budget phone and just focus on innovation for new releases. For instance, upgrade iPhone 5 to iOS 7 (with better extras than currently available) & reduce price for budget minded but release a game changing iPhone 6 at the same time as their topline phone. Or launch a completely new budget brand.

46. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

if it has decent specs then i may pick one of these up to have as a backup.

38. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

All iphones are overpriced. The 5 should be no more expensive than a Lumia 620.

35. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Yeah! Now even the poor can show off their new iPhone! :P

44. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Aren't they the only ones who do?

33. FlushGordon unregistered

Still overpriced compared to generic 1080p China phones with faster specs

34. papss unregistered

I would rather pay more than buy anything made by a Chinese company if I can help it. Plus I can imagine Apple will support there products far longer

36. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Actually, there are some really good companies bringing some really great products! It would be worth if you lived in China! Xiaomi, Oppo, Huawei, Lenovo,etc. are surely well known companies now! :) Just saying.

40. papss unregistered

Fair enough...

48. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

he meant the cheapo fake branded china phones. but you get the idea..

32. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

I thought they were 'only' being manufactured for Indian and African markets.

31. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Looks cheap. Apple selling only premium products...no more.

43. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Premium only in price. Early iPhones and new ipods and macs are plastic with cheap Chinese internals with some decent silicon CPU and GPUs.

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

If it has the exact specs of the iPhone 5 but in a plastic casing, then the $350 price tab would be reasonable. Otherwise, Nexus 4 is the way to go (where the Play Store is available at least).

24. papss unregistered

I just got my N4 and love it so far.. one nitpick is that the Google V keyboard doesn't have a .com button like my Lumia 920 does..

17. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

With iPhone 5/4S's specs this will be a hit. 300 euros is quite cheap,but of course,here,in Europe we have stupid taxes which will make this phone costs around 400 euros(at least ~100 euros in addition).

7. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

100$ for doubling the memory.i dont think it costs that much.even if it would,u can simply add support for sd card(coz its low cost phone afterall)

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

welcome to apple ....

9. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

There's the problem of inability to install apps on SD cards due to speed reasons. Android has stopped support for installing apps on the SD card since jab I think.

6. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Apple = iPod pretty much it!

5. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

It's amazing to me that people post out of ignorance and for the simple fact they don't own or even touch the phones they are mentioning. I've owned a iPhone 5 and currently in a HTC One and both are great phones. Otherwise don't comment if you are on a $1 phone on contract or on a model that's more than a year old.

37. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

I had three Verizon iPhone fives. Every one of them were garbage. The screen lagged from the lock screen and worst of all the battery life was horrible. I mean like 11/2 screen on time! Really!

42. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

See if Warranty Customer Care will give you a Lumia 928 as an exchange.

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

$349 ..Xperia SP is a better deal ..or a lumia 820

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

...or a LG Optimus L7 II... or a ...Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and many more...

10. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

NEXUS 4...................

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

GALAXY NEXUS

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

NEXUS S.............

18. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You are wrong man,these handsets are full of lag with terrible SoCs. I'm sure this affordable iPhone will crush these android midrange phones in terms of speed and smoothness.iOS doesn't need a dual core to run smooth. Anyway I'm dissapointed with the design,so much cheap plastic.

20. thelukewarm

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

''IOS dosen't need dual-core''.................... what about games and some apps...... f**k you and your IOSH*T 7

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