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#1 Nomad_

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:05

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THE ICONIC Iphone has always been expensive, but Apple is reported to be developing cheaper versions of the smartphone in its battle to head off the looming success of Android.

A version that can be thought of as a poor man's Iphone is in the works, according to Bloomberg. The device will be cheaper and smaller, potentially broadening the market that the device will be able to reach.

Android increased its smartphone market share massively in the last year, simply because it is offered through a number of different manufacturers at varying prices. The Iphone is certainly an iconic gadget, but for many people the price is a real barrier. The addition of a less pricey model could shake things up considerably.

It would be complete guesswork to try to imagine what to expect from a budget Iphone. Yet, just consider that previous versions like the Iphone 3GS and 3G are already available at lower prices than the Iphone 4 and work in much the same way.


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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:19

Im wondering as the poster said above, why not just use the 3G?

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:19

I'm thinking the 'iPhone nano' if they make it.

I don't think they will tho...Apple has always been about fairly expensive, but high quality products.

I find it hard to think the'll be able to take so much money off without compromising that.
thats if the rumoured ~$200 price tag holds...whats the current iPhone 4 ~$600? (UK so I'm guessing).

Thats a hell of a lot to take off...and what could they remove but still keep it an "iPhone"
Camera's/facetime, lower res display, smaller storage...thanks not going to save $400..and you effectively end up with a 3GS
...unless thats exactly what they're going to to....take the 3GS and just use the advances in tech to shrink it down...

Im wondering as the poster said above, why not just use the 3G?

and not everyone wants a large phone with all the bells and whistles, some people just like small devices. Thats why not the 3GS
yea sure anyone who wants a cheap iPhone go for it, but people will pay for smaller.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:22

They really don't need to introduce a new model. All they have to do is continue to do what they have been doing for the last few years: offer a last-gen model for a deeply discounted price. I don't really see them offering a smaller model, simply because the interface isn't designed for a smaller screen. Many apps simply wouldn't work right or would be more difficult to interact with. This type of rumor crops up just about every year, so I've begun to take it with a massive helping of salt.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:23

If they are planing to remove features from the iPhone then i dont think it will be a success really. People want the iPhone because of what it does and if it cant do things that the normal iPhone can i dont think that people will want to purchase it.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:24

What they could do is have the 3Gs free with a contract, iPhone 4 for $99 (just like the 3Gs right now) and the new phone coming out at $199

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:26

A cheap iPhone isn't happening. It is against Apple's philosophy. If they were to create a smaller phone, it would still have a great quality and be relatively expensive.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:31

What they could do is have the 3Gs free with a contract, iPhone 4 for $99 (just like the 3Gs right now) and the new phone coming out at $199


Exactly. Why would they go to the trouble of designing a new model with fewer features when they could simply continue to produce an older model for a cheaper price? In the end, they have the same thing: a budget iPhone. The only other thing I could possibly see them doing is adding 3G as an option to the iPod touch like they have in the iPad.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:35

YES the iPhone Shuffle!!

You can still loads apps on to it but it doesn't have a screen, and when you want to make a phone call you shake it and it randomly selects a number from your phone book to dial.

It could however have a lot of potential benefits in a voice operation interface. "Open Angry Birds" "Fire 40 Degree Angle full power" *You have hit a wooden wall and knocked down several others injuring one Pig and Killing three more* **There are three Pigs remaining, you currently have loaded a blue Angry Bird**

YES YES!!!!!!!!!! Apple could release a voice operated text based phone adventure game for this kind of thing, they could call it an iMUD and since this has never been done before it will be the greatest invention since sliced bread (until apple invents the sliced iBread anyway)

So much untapped potential

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:46

I'll believe it when I see it.

Apple don't DO cheap. Never have. Never will. That's not the image they want.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:55

also it would do the one thing they loathe, fragmentation of their app market. Not going to happen.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 13:57

YES the iPhone Shuffle!!

You can still loads apps on to it but it doesn't have a screen, and when you want to make a phone call you shake it and it randomly selects a number from your phone book to dial.

It could however have a lot of potential benefits in a voice operation interface. "Open Angry Birds" "Fire 40 Degree Angle full power" *You have hit a wooden wall and knocked down several others injuring one Pig and Killing three more* **There are three Pigs remaining, you currently have loaded a blue Angry Bird**

YES YES!!!!!!!!!! Apple could release a voice operated text based phone adventure game for this kind of thing, they could call it an iMUD and since this has never been done before it will be the greatest invention since sliced bread (until apple invents the sliced iBread anyway)

So much untapped potential


lolz :laugh:

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 14:02

A cheap iPhone isn't happening. It is against Apple's philosophy. If they were to create a smaller phone, it would still have a great quality and be relatively expensive.



following by their previous product like the iPod Nano and iPod shuffle.

a cheap phone, with just the ability to call peopel would be JUST their philosophy.

#14 dknm

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 14:04

Odds are it won't happen . Free 3gs with a contract though ... :shifty:

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 14:09

cheap and apple dont go together.



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