'Budget iPhone' was a pipedream, iPhone 5C price starts at £469

'Budget iPhone' was a pipedream, iPhone 5C price starts at £469Until recently, we were doubtful that the thing existed, but in the run up to Apple’s long-awaited keynote, the evidence just kept piling up, and it’s finally here.

Yes, it’s the iPhone 5C (don’t call it the “budget iPhone”; I’ll get to that below), in all its bright-coloured, plastic-bodied glory.

Apple seems pretty proud of the iPhone 5C design, the body being comprised of a single hunk of plastic (no seams or joints here), with a reinforced steel frame supposedly lending a surprisingly “dense” feel.

As predicted, iPhone 5C colours include green, yellow, blue, white and red, and there’s a range of coloured cases too, with bizarre holes cut in the back. Almost looks like a game of Connect 4 going on there.

The keynote didn’t dwell too much on iPhone 5C specs, but essentially what we’re looking at is a plastic iPhone 5S (I’ll get to that later) with more modest internals.

Specifically, iPhone 5C specs include a 4in Retina display, A6 processor (that’s the same as the iPhone 5, incidentally), and an 8MP rear camera. Not too shabby, really.

The iPhone 5C also boasts LTE compatibility, and indeed Team Cook claimed that it supports “more LTE bands than any other phone in the world”.

As for iPhone 5C price, it’ll be $99 for the 16GB, and $199 for the 32GB – that’s on a two-year contract in the US. Those iPhone 5C cases will be a further $29, incidentally.

It’ll be interesting to see what the iPhone 5C SIM free price comes in at, but it’s certainly no “budget iPhone”. Indeed, it rather serves as a replacement for the current iPhone 5, which will no longer be sold.

Furthermore, the iPhone 4S will hang around, and it seems that it’ll be the true budget iPhone.

EDIT: the iPhone 5C SIM free price has now been confirmed on the official Apple site. You’re looking at £469 for the 16GB, or £549 for the 32GB. Jings.

Fancy it? iPhone 5C pre-orders open this Friday, September 13, while the iPhone 5C release date falls the following Friday, September 20.

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matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:31

Well, that was inevitable.

barrybarryk  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:35

So their cunning plan to broaden their market share was "instead of offering just one phone, an expensive high end one, we should sell two expensive high end phones"

How very Apple.
Did they even mention their PC lineup or OSX?

Treab  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:39

so iphone has 2 premium models? HAHAHAHA what a waste of time

iphone 5s £549

iphone 5c £469...

why would anyone pay for these phones someone tell me?

barrybarryk  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:44

Oh I'm sure they'll sell a ton but whether or not it'll actually increase their market share against the tirade of Android handsets that are coming in every shape and size is another matter entirely.

It'll be Apple against the IBM PC clones again before they even know it and dev support will dry up if they can't hang onto their market share. And Apple at least attempting it would be good for everyone, no one wants a one horse race.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:44

so iphone has 2 premium models? HAHAHAHA what a waste of time

iphone 5s £549

iphone 5c £469...

why would anyone pay for these phones someone tell me?

I can half understand buying an iPhone 5S (usual Apple buyer's logic), but who exactly is the 5C aimed at? If you've got £470 to waste on a phone, I'm sure you can scrape together an extra £80 and have the real thing.

They'll both undoubtedly be astronomically expensive on contract too. The really funny thing is, you can most likely get a Note 3 for less than either of them haha.

Treab  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:47

i dunno the note 3 seems extortionate atm.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:49

Oh I'm sure they'll sell a ton but whether or not it'll actually increase their market share against the tirade of Android handsets that are coming in every shape and size is another matter entirely.

It'll be Apple against the IBM PC clones again before they even know it and dev support will dry up if they can't hang onto their market share. And Apple at least attempting it would be good for everyone, no one wants a one horse race.

I'm sure they'll sell a ton of 5S' but who is going to buy the 5C? It ain't cheap...

You're right, the 5S will keep Apple's market share level, but it won't help them stop the Google machine. No one wants a one horse race, it's bad for consumers, but that's pretty much what we've got. In terms of OS market share, iOS will never come close to Android again.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:49

i dunno the note 3 seems extortionate atm.
What's it going for?

universe1992  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:55

More crapple. The note 3 and xperia z1 are far superior phones.

Treab  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:55

i dunno the note 3 seems extortionate atm.
What's it going for?


around 47 quid a month

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 19:57

i dunno the note 3 seems extortionate atm.
What's it going for?


around 47 quid a month

I meant in real money, per month contract costs are always extortionate pre-release and for about a month after release.

Treab  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:03

i dunno the note 3 seems extortionate atm.
What's it going for?


around 47 quid a month

I meant in real money, per month contract costs are always extortionate pre-release and for about a month after release.


about 650 quid.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:11

iPhone 5nSa

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:11

iPhone 5nSa
Yeah thanks, Jan ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:15

i dunno the note 3 seems extortionate atm.
What's it going for?


around 47 quid a month

I meant in real money, per month contract costs are always extortionate pre-release and for about a month after release.


about 650 quid.

The Note does tend to hold its value quite well, there's only £57 between the Note 2 and S4 on Amazon at the moment. Not to mention the fact that it'll soon fall from £650 to something more reasonable, I got my Note 2 for £425 last December (pre-Xmas) and that was ~£600 when it came out.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:15

I heard the iPhone 6 requires a blood sample to confirm your identity/unlock the phone.

Treab  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:19

i dunno the note 3 seems extortionate atm.
What's it going for?


around 47 quid a month

I meant in real money, per month contract costs are always extortionate pre-release and for about a month after release.


about 650 quid.

The Note does tend to hold its value quite well, there's only £57 between the Note 2 and S4 on Amazon at the moment. Not to mention the fact that it'll soon fall from £650 to something more reasonable, I got my Note 2 for £425 last December (pre-Xmas) and that was ~£600 when it came out.


as im going contract its just too much for me... but i do like the sony's playing the xperia z and z1 today felt really nice to use.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:24

LG Viewty could shoot 120fps video back in 2007.
http://images.gizmag.com/hero/8405_261107102401.jpg

Another feature Apple copied.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:24

i dunno the note 3 seems extortionate atm.
What's it going for?


around 47 quid a month

I meant in real money, per month contract costs are always extortionate pre-release and for about a month after release.


about 650 quid.

The Note does tend to hold its value quite well, there's only £57 between the Note 2 and S4 on Amazon at the moment. Not to mention the fact that it'll soon fall from £650 to something more reasonable, I got my Note 2 for £425 last December (pre-Xmas) and that was ~£600 when it came out.


as im going contract its just too much for me... but i do like the sony's playing the xperia z and z1 today felt really nice to use.

Xperia ZU...you know you want to ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:25

LG Viewty could shoot 120fps video back in 2007.
http://images.gizmag.com/hero/8405_261107102401.jpg

Another feature Apple copied.

LG Viewty, that slow-mo camera was sooo cool, a mate of mine had one and I got extremely close to buying one just to play with the camera aha.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:27

I heard the iPhone 6 requires a blood sample to confirm your identity/unlock the phone.
I do wonder how well that fingerprint scanner will work and how long a fingerprint read will take. Also, does it always have to be the same finger, or can you register all 10 just so you don't have to think about it?

AhmadCentral  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:28

I heard the iPhone 6 requires a blood sample to confirm your identity/unlock the phone.
I do wonder how well that fingerprint scanner will work and how long a fingerprint read will take. Also, does it always have to be the same finger, or can you register all 10 just so you don't have to think about it?


Let me just check my Motorola Atrix and i'll get back to you...

AhmadCentral  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:30

Did you guys know Nokia invented colours? Me Neither!

http://asset1.cbsistatic.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim2/2013/09/10/BT0aSI8IYAEiWvn_610x360.png

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:33

Did you guys know Nokia invented colours? Me Neither!

http://asset1.cbsistatic.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim2/2013/09/10/BT0aSI8IYAEiWvn_610x360.png

Is that a real Nokia advert?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:33

I heard the iPhone 6 requires a blood sample to confirm your identity/unlock the phone.
I do wonder how well that fingerprint scanner will work and how long a fingerprint read will take. Also, does it always have to be the same finger, or can you register all 10 just so you don't have to think about it?


Let me just check my Motorola Atrix and i'll get back to you...

I've never used an Atrix, did it actually work properly?

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