iPhone 5C, whats the point?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by johnseattle, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. johnseattle macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2013
    I don't see how a "cheaper " iphone really matters as when you buy the phone subsidized it's still likely to be at least 199 for the entry level model which will be the same as the iPhone 5s. :rolleyes:

    I'm only referring to buyers in the USA, i know people in other countries oddly like to buy their phone outright.
  2. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    You don't know the price, yet you are passing judgement.
  3. johnseattle thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Hmmm...not sure how that was passing judgement but ok....:rolleyes::confused:
  4. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    What I'm saying is the price will be the determining factor.
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Herein lies the problem
  6. johnseattle thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Yeah but there is no way that plastic phone will sell below the regular 5s subsidized. ie 16gb 5c=199 16gb5s=199


    What do you mean?
  7. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    In order for the 5C to make sense you have to expand your thinking beyond the US
    This phone is primarily targeted for other countries, i.e. China, etc. and not the US
  8. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Sushi. What's the point?

    I mean, I know a lot of people eat it, but I'm not referring to them.
  9. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Of course you can't see why. You're comparing apples to oranges. You need to compare both subsidized or both not subsidized. In either case the 5c will be less expensive. :rolleyes:

    Nothing odd about it. We're the ones that oddly expect subsidies and pay more for service.

    In any case, if you don't see the point then move on to something else. Your inability to see the point doesn't mean that others don't.
  10. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Oddly? In some countries you are forced to pay full price for your phone.

    The cheaper iPhone makes the most sense for emerging countries. It's also going to do very well in America. It won't be $199 on-contract but rather free like the 4 currently is. And best part it should be very affordable off-contract too.
  11. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    You are basing on pure speculation, i.e. the price point the 5C will be sold.

    Also, you may want to change the title, from "iPhone 5C, whats the point?" to "iPhone 5C, whats the point in the US with a price I have just thought of for this thread to have a vague, speculative meaning?".
  12. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    For the US its main point is probably to replace the 4/4s as the low end phone and standardize the lineup around one connector. THe other part of the point is that the majority of the world lives outside the US and Apple probably wants to get into those markets more effectively than they have been.
  13. skywalkerr69 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2011
    New York
  14. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    "oddly like to buy their phones outright"? I'm sure the majority of the world that do buy their phones outright would think that it's odd to buy a phone and be locked to a single carrier with no flexibility to use another carrier. I have an unlocked iphone that I bought outright and it costs me $7 a week in Sweden for unlimited everything. Seems very odd to me.


    Right, because Apple ONLY sells to consumers in the US. There are no other opportunities in other countries.
  15. HankHowdy macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2012
    Victorville CA
    I wouldn't be surprised if this phone is never offered in the US.
  16. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    The point is color. It will be the same phone as the 5s but with color. You heard it here first.
  17. swish2351 macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010

    Why would apple sell a high quality metal phone and a plastic phone for the same price? That absolutely makes no sense.

    And, the US is not the primary market for this phone
  18. itjw macrumors 65816

    Dec 20, 2011
    But I live in the USofA, so the rest of the world to me is either: poor, hungry, old, or hoarding my oil. Generally I try to ignore it because all that matters is what happens to ME. Most of the rest of this "world" you speak of talks funny too... gibberish I sure as heck can't understand, so why bother pay attention anyway???

    USA! USA! USA!
  19. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    7 billion people on Earth. 300 million in the US. It's like some people don't know that every product isn't made with them in mind. If Apple drops a 128GB iPhone 5S for $399, I won't care much at all about the 5C.
  20. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    Take a semester in Asian Culture at your local Community College.
    It will help immensely. :apple:
  21. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    They could still offer the 5C in the US for $49 or $99 on a 2 year contract. People love "free" phones especially in the USA. That's how all the parents, grandparents, and low income people got cell phones in the first place. It would be REALLY awesome if they offered the 5C for free with 2 year contract. That would make a LOT of users happy. I got my in-laws iPhone 4Ss when they were $50 or so. A free, new iPhone would make them extremely happy.
  22. HiRisk macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2013
  23. johnseattle thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2013
  24. MeUnix macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2013
    San Francisco
    Seeing as the 5C is the "cheaper" option for the iPhone, one can only assume that the price will be lower, contract or no contract. I also read an article stating that the 5C is aimed at other markets, not just the US.

    Source for 5C being aimed at other countries : http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/20/th...-us-its-the-iphone-for-the-rest-of-the-world/

    Also, the point of the 5C is to expand the use of the iPhone in the lower-end spectrum of the smartphone market, not only in the US.
  25. AFDoc, Aug 23, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2013

    AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    they did it so you would start threads on forums..... Their plan worked perfectly!


    Sadly this pretty much sums up most merkans.

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