Apple Announces Colorful New iPhone 5c, Starting at $99 on Two-Year Contract

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today announced the new lower-priced iPhone 5c, replacing the iPhone 5 in Apple's phone lineup. The new device is available in five different colors -- green, yellow, blue, white, and pink -- in a polycarbonate design. The phone uses the same A6 processor and rear-facing camera as the iPhone 5. Apple posted a new product video, featuring Jony Ive, for the 5c.

    The new phone includes some upgraded parts as well, including an improved front-facing FaceTime camera and support for more LTE bands.

    The phone is made of what Apple calls a hard-coated polycarbonate, using a steel-reinforced interior that also serves as the antenna. The company also introduced a line of $29 cases that snap onto the back of iPhone 5c and come in pink, yellow, blue, green, white and black.

    The iPhone 5c is available for preorder this Friday, September 13 for $99 in 16GB and 32GB for $199 with a two-year contract. It will go on sale Friday, September 20.

    Article Link: Apple Announces Colorful New iPhone 5c, Starting at $99 on Two-Year Contract
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I just want to know how much it is without a contract.
  3. clibinarius macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2010
    Low cost? To who, Apple? It is the same price as the traditional prior-generation iPhone.
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Apple failed here. The purpose of these phones should have been to make them cheap without a contract.
  5. peteullo macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2009
    Scranton, PA
    I think the big mistake here was not offering a free version of this phone. I guess we will soon see if the 4S becomes "free"
  6. Greg., Sep 10, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013

    Greg. macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2010
    London, UK
    Why would anyone buy the 5C over the 5S? - It relies on hooking in myopic credit loving consumers to buy a new phone for a smaller upfront cost, but still being locked in on an expensive 2 year contract. If we assume $75 a month, the difference between the $99 5C and $199 5S, may seem 50% cheaper, but over the 2 years period the 5% saving seems rather small in perspective. Such is the way our economy works today.

    Was really hoping to see something like the Nexus 4 pricing, where you can buy one for like $199 with no contract. I'm not sure why the 5C exists otherwise. I struggle to understand the rationale for Apple's chosen strategy - if they had gone for a low cost iPhone I think it could have really taken off in developing markets, but now I can't see it happening.
  7. ee13lbp macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2012
    I don't really see the point of the case, it's already plastic..?
  8. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    i'm guessing $499...
  9. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Did Apple ever state it would be anything different than past years?
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    That's a guarantee that I'll be picking up a Nexus 4, if they're still in stock, if Apple is going to even consider a price that high.

    They really dropped the ball with that contract pricing. They should have shown us what they're capable of without one for the rest of the world. There is one outside of the United States.
  11. vmistery macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2010
    Wonder how the 5c will impact on iPhone 5 second user prices now the 5 is discontinued, will it get decent ios version support??
  12. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    might depend on how its received but apple can be as greedy and self serving as the come.

    and i agree with the comments regarding the prices. apple is not a small company that is just for california or the usa. i for dont give a **** about contract prices. its as anti consumer as it gets
  13. absurdamerica macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2011
    It already is free...


    No, but investors were expecting a phone that would be sold at a lower cost attracting more new customers to the brand. I expect the stock to dive unless pricing in China is substantially lower.
  14. randomguyishere macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2010
    I sure hope so. They discontinued the iPhone 4, and it's still receiving iOS 7. Granted, not all of iOS 7's features are supported on the iPhone 4.
  15. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    that would create a huge black market. go globalization go
  16. Eriden macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2006
    Same here. I'd consider a $349/$399 off contract pricing for the 5C if they offered it, but access to the Apple ecosystem isn't worth the price of admission for me on a new 2 year contract. Not when the cost of a MVNO plan is closer to $1000 over two years versus $2000 over two years for a major carrier.

    For all the great iOS apps, I've got my iPad4, and all I really need my phone to do is make phone calls, check emails, and do occasional Internet searches.

    Apple continues to cater almost exclusively to the premium market, which is certainly how they've built their brand over the years.
  17. MacFather macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2012
    Designed by Apple in California. Inspired by Nokia Lumia.
  18. chimpboy74 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2007
    £469 for 16gb on uk apple store. Ouchy.

    I'm out
  19. JonyIve macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2013
    iPhone 5C is beautifully, unapologetically plastic.
  20. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    US$549 for 16 GB and $649 for 32 GB for unlocked and contract free. I've said this before but WHAT market are they targeting with the iPhone 5C that the 5S doesn't already cater to?
  21. ReValveiT macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    £469 for a 5c in the UK.

    Apple have really been on the crack pipe this time.

    Looking forward to that Nexus4.
  22. JHankwitz macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    Usually about $400 to $450 more.
  23. JackieInCo macrumors 601

    Jul 18, 2013
    The 4S became free as of today for an 8GB version. Previous to today, the 16GB 4S was $99.
  24. Sue De Nimes macrumors 6502a

    Sue De Nimes

    Apr 10, 2012
    5C is just a whole world of fail at that price.

    It has launched at flagship handset price. It is also only £80 cheaper than the 5S here in the UK.

    Anyone buying the 5C over the 5S is smoking crack

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