Cheaper 8gb iPhone 5c variant goes on sale in Europe

Well the rumors posted just yesterday are true (no not those of the iPhone 6), Apple have indeed launched a 8gb model of the iPhone 5c which allows for an even 'cheaper' entry point for Apple enthusiasts.

As reported by Engadget and several others, the UK Apple Store has it priced at £429 ($714) which means it is £40 cheaper than the 16gb version, while the German Apple store has it priced slightly higher at €549 ($764); should you not want to cough up that much dosh in one go, you could opt to go on contract with UK operator O2 or French provider SFR who are offering the phone for free and one euro respectively on multi-year contracts.

German carrier O2 also has it on offer, but you'll have to pay either €149 or €29 upfront and then choose one of three multi-year plans.

The rumor came about yesterday after the German Caschy's Blog obtained documents detailing the plans, reportedly leaked from O2 in Germany in what could be a drive to increase poor sales of the unit on the continent.

It's unclear if the 8gb version will eventually make an appearance in other parts of the world outside of Europe, as of now the U.S. Apple Store doesn't list it yet

Source: Engadget | Image: ibtimes

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$714 USD for a 8GB phone is utterly stupid and ridiculous. Who in their right mind would ever pay that? There are so many better option at 1/2 the cost. Phones that are bigger, have more storage onboard and can be expanded, have a more versatile OS and more.

You would have to be a total fool to pay that much. The Moto X at $399 is a better buy. The GS4, or even a GS3 is a better option.

The phone is already not selling. Apple halved the production less than 3 months after it went on sale. If this is some salvage project because of the millions of cases they paid for, this is stupid. They have 160Billion in cash. Why not just lower the cost of the 16GB model instead. Why would you lower the storage? Is this the only way to drop the cost? Are you really expecting people to believe that 8GB of storage cost $40 less than 16GB of it?

An 8GB Flash drive cost $7-$10, while 16GB costs roughly the same. So how much do you think Apple pays for it.

$714USD off contract is considered cheap? Why would any fool pay that when you can get something like a GS5 for $650 and it comes with 32GB of storage and you can add up to 64GB. You get a much bigger screen by a full 1.2", you get real multitasking.

This is forcing usage of cloud storage. Ok who is going to upload 128GB worth of media to the cloud? How many people have unlimited data plans to be able to stream audio/video back to the device?

Why would you pay Apple MORE money to increase the cloud storage?

Question, did they have to lessen the storage in the device to drop the price?

If Samsung an others nw have 32GB as the minimum and the cost of the phone didn't go up, what the heck is Apple doing.

And I get hackled ecause I criticize Apple? Well this is a reason why. Consider the facts.
Apple charges $100 to go from 16GB to 32GB to 64GB to 128GB where it applies. $100 for 64GB when on average storage cost $1.00 or less per GB. Look how much extra money Apple is making by charge you $100 for 16GB of storage.

This is absolutely stupid. How anyone can justify this wallet raping is out of this world.

Edited by zhangm, Mar 18 2014, 4:03pm :

How is that cheap/affordable, seriously? I'm not trying to hate but how is a £429 iPhone cheap? You can get a Xperia Z1 Compact for £360 new off ebay.

I would save myself £129 and double my space by purchasing a 16gb Nexus 5, even to get the 32gb version it would still be £90 cheaper than the 8gb iPhone 5c...

Doesn't make sense, only 8GB, since about 3GB will be used by IOS7.1, there's only 5GB left for apps/music/videos/photos. It will be a total disappointment for anyone who actually uses their iPhone.
I bought a 64GB iPhone 5s for my wife because her old iPhone 4 (16gb) was always full.

nice... I need one but I am in the US lol... carrier is in the US too... so I think it may not work if I get my hand on one anyways....

trip21 said,
Because of the features it lacks

If by feature you mean the Lumia has a better camera, a better built quality then yes I agree.

Keep comparing hardware specs... at some point you guys will work out that the iPhone's success is based on the far superior iOS and app-rich environment that makes Windows phones look like the poor stepchildren that they are.

Any money saved buying a cheaper phone is false economy.

But like I said, keep comparing raw specs, because that's the only way a Lumia will ever trump an iPhone, not where it counts

7Dash8 said,
Keep comparing hardware specs... at some point you guys will work out that the iPhone's success is based on the far superior iOS and app-rich environment that makes Windows phones look like the poor stepchildren that they are.

Any money saved buying a cheaper phone is false economy.

But like I said, keep comparing raw specs, because that's the only way a Lumia will ever trump an iPhone, not where it counts

Keep bringing up the ecosystem of apps which is not valid anymore.

You have to take into account many things and windows phone is ahead of the pack compare to the competition. But if economy is the game..

Windows Phones has...

It has Office for the productivity

excellent hardware welled priced that wont break easily(Lumia Line)

Great camera quality and features

Fast and fluid and intuitive UI

Easy Development

Great ROI for developers


I could keep going but this is a long list.

So there are the economics of things


7Dash8 said,
Keep comparing hardware specs... at some point you guys will work out that the iPhone's success is based on the far superior iOS and app-rich environment that makes Windows phones look like the poor stepchildren that they are.

Any money saved buying a cheaper phone is false economy.

But like I said, keep comparing raw specs, because that's the only way a Lumia will ever trump an iPhone, not where it counts

NO. That isn't why iOS devices are more successful. Its simply because they got their first. Anyone who would still buy a leser offering, amongst better ones at the same or less price point, is completely shallow.

8GB of storage? The OS takes up at least 50% of that. So what are you going to use the phone for? 4GB left ad I have 64GB of music alone, not even counting pictures.

The fact is, this is what you don't seem to understand. 16GB of Flash on retail costs less than $20. Which means Apple pays less than $2.00 for it based on mass quantity production. Can you really sit there with a straight face, and accept from a company that has $160Billion+ in cash just sitting in the bank, that the ONLY way they could drop the price of this poor selling device is to lower the storage amount? The storage that costs them almost nothing?

nickcruz said,
windows phone is ahead of the pack compare to the competition. But if economy is the game..

Windows Phones has...

[...]

Great camera quality and features

Fast and fluid and intuitive UI

Easy Development

Great ROI for developers


I don't get it. How is WP "ahead of the pack" in those areas (specifically, ahead of iOS)? Or do you mean, *at a certain price point*? Because I totally get the cost argument.

nickcruz said,

Keep bringing up the ecosystem of apps which is not valid anymore.

Of course it is. Apple has the best ecosystem, second to none. Developers back this up every day.

Krome said,
I get the iPhone over Nokia Lumia any day
Of course you're entitled to your own opinion. But, frankly, the argument between the two is becoming weaker and weaker.

7Dash8 said,
Keep comparing hardware specs... at some point you guys will work out that the iPhone's success is based on the far superior iOS and app-rich environment that makes Windows phones look like the poor stepchildren that they are.

Any money saved buying a cheaper phone is false economy.

But like I said, keep comparing raw specs, because that's the only way a Lumia will ever trump an iPhone, not where it counts

I am not comparing specs:

Here lets compare facts

Galaxy Note 3 which is $650 of contract vs the iPhone 5C at $714 off contract, based on the Euro Dollar and US Dollar.

Let's leave specs aside. The iPhone 5C is $64 more than the Note 3.

The Note 3 has 32GB of onboard storage and you can add p to 64GB. The iPhone has neither option.

The Note 3 has a 5.5" 1920x1080 display, the iPhone 5C doesn't.
I can run at leats 2 application on the screen at the same time. You can't with any Phone.

Both are made of plastic, but the Note 3 looks much better...IMO

The Note 3 has a better camera on front and back. In fact the rear camera is so good, it records 4K video.

Accessories for the Note are also cheaper. Charger/Cable will cost me less than $20 together vs $40 for Apple replacements based on retail pricing.

The Note 3 is actually selling while the 5C is not. This this desperate attempt by Apple. They paid for all those cases and they have to use them or take a loss on not selling them. The hardware inside is no big deal, since basically they are using the parts from the iPhone 5, which also didn't sell as well as was expected.

We aren't talking specs. Can you really sit and say, this smaller less storage having iPhone at $714 is a better buy vs a Note 3 which has nearly double everything the iPhone 5C has and it costs less off contract?

Don't be as delusional as many of the fans are.
There are devices that off contract are $300 less and still offer more. I don't know if the Moto X is avail in Europe. I assume it is. Even if it isn't...the HTC One is a much better buy and I can list plenty of others.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
I am not comparing specs:

Let's leave specs aside.

You need to look up the word "contradiction"

The Note 3 has 32GB of onboard storage and you can add p to 64GB. The iPhone has neither option.

The Note 3 has a 5.5" 1920x1080 display, the iPhone 5C doesn't.

Both are made of plastic, but the Note 3 looks much better...IMO

The Note 3 has a better camera on front and back. In fact the rear camera is so good, it records 4K video.

We aren't talking specs.