iPhone 5c pre-orders begin at Apple's site and other carriers

After months of rumors, Apple finally revealed its plans to launch the plastic case-based iPhone 5c earlier this week. This morning, Apple started taking pre-orders for the smartphone on its website, and many wireless carriers in the U.S. did the same.

Apple's site shows that it is selling the 16GB and 32GB versions to AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint customers for $99 and $199, respectively, under a two year contract. The phone, which has much of the same hardware compared to the now discontinued iPhone 5, also comes in a variety of colors (white, pink, yellow, blue and green).

For those folks who don't want to get tied down to a contract, T-Mobile is selling the iPhone 5c for $549 for the 16GB version and $649 for the 32GB model. You can also get an iPhone 5c from Apple without a SIM card for the same price but it will only accept cards from T-Mobile or AT&T in the U.S.

The iPhone 5c is scheduled to start shipping on September 20th. For those of you who are wondering about the higher end iPhone 5s that was announced alongside the iPhone 5c, Apple has chosen not to offer pre-orders for that smartphone but will start selling it on September 20th as well.

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People tend to forgive that the cheap concept came from rumors not Apple, is their product and they can charge wathever they want to, best thing to do is not buying them. Wasting thought about it don't help.

Fingerprint scanner has so much potential and has now become a new player in the phone market, I wanna see what the other companies do to improve or implement it, just like with the touch wheel in Ipod is not inventing something new but finding a better way to use it what can lead to great advances in technology for me no matter the source, we end up with better options.

The price is probably Apples way of injecting "Hey, if you're spending X amount, why not spend just a little more and get a finger print scanner"

kayzee said,
Worked out my contract for the iPhone 5S I'm gonna get today... £249.99 plus £66 per month. Ouch.

So you declined right? Or did you go full-rookie?

SirJimmyOfRussell said,

So you declined right? Or did you go full-rookie?

Well that's for top of everything basically... 4G with 8Gb a month, 64Gb phone, 12 month contract. I'm considering dropping to 32Gb as I don't think I'll be able to fill that in just 12 months!

Is there a black one? I was going to buy 4 of them and jam them inside the color laser printer to see if they work as CMYK toners.

Enron said,
Is there a black one? I was going to buy 4 of them and jam them inside the color laser printer to see if they work as CMYK toners.

Replacing a single color would be almost as expensive as toner

Apple are selling the 5C for £469 here in the UK. How is that a mid level phone with that kind of cost!? You can buy the HTC One for that much. You know Apple aren't actually aiming at the mid end with pricing like this when a high end Android costs the same. This seems like more of a publicity stunt if anything...

Edit: changed low to mid (Thanks Neobond)

Edited by drazgoosh, Sep 13 2013, 10:19am :

drazgoosh said,
Apple are selling the 5C for £469 here in the UK. How is that a mid level phone with that kind of cost!? You can buy the HTC One for that much. You know Apple aren't actually aiming at the mid end with pricing like this when a high end Android costs the same. This seems like more of a publicity stunt if anything...

Edit: changed low to mid (Thanks Neobond)

Had this discussion with a friend and off-contract they really don't look very attractive. Does seem that most people calculate costs for these based on "on contract" rates though and carriers are pricing it in such a way that the 5c works out about £230 cheaper over the life of the contract - which makes more sense. Still damn expensive though.

I was really hoping for a price point of about £300 for the 5c. Imagine my disappointment I'm more than happy with my Nexus 4 though so.. no plans to change.

drazgoosh said,
Apple are selling the 5C for £469 here in the UK. How is that a mid level phone with that kind of cost!? You can buy the HTC One for that much. You know Apple aren't actually aiming at the mid end with pricing like this when a high end Android costs the same. This seems like more of a publicity stunt if anything...

Edit: changed low to mid (Thanks Neobond)

If I was spending that amount, I'd buy the Xperia Z for £440

I'm sticking with Nexus though, imho they represent the best value

The 5C isn't about being a lower cost phone really. It just took the same slot that the iPhone 4S held previously and that the 5 would have taken this year normally.

It's about increasing margins, which have been falling for Apple recently. The CNC aluminum enclosure probably doesn't scale down in cost very well, so keeping that only on the highest end model makes a lot of sense.

Julius Caro said,
meh, it's not midrange ,and it is just a repackaged iphone 5. which 2 days ago was like the mother of all iphones.

To be fair, if they sell well, then it's a reasonably genius idea. Put the iPhone 5 guts (for which they've already done all the R&D, etc) and slap them into a case which is far cheaper to produce and market it as a new model.

Would like to see one, but sure the colours don't look bad. Shame they are not as cheap as some expected them to be, Apple will be Apple though.

glen8 said,
price aside, they don't look THAT bad to be honest

Not a fan of some of the colours but the phone itself looks decent. Apple hardware is usually pretty well made (scratching paint and antenna issues aside).

The issue here is they've built phones that have a whiff of Lumia about them. The problem is the Lumias tend to have better hardware and also cost a lot less. With iOS7 looking like a bunch of schoolkids designed it, the Lumias also have the more stylish OS too.

SirJimmyOfRussell said,
The issue here is they've built phones that have a whiff of Lumia about them. The problem is the Lumias tend to have better hardware and also cost a lot less. With iOS7 looking like a bunch of schoolkids designed it, the Lumias also have the more stylish OS too.

That may be a cause for concern if there were more people out buying Lumias. In the US, as someone who's job it is to ask people what kind of phones they use, I've seen maybe only a handful of WPs over the past year. It's usually either iPhone, Android, or flip-phone. There are still a few Blackberries out there too.

Anyway, I really don't think Apple has any cause for concern on that. If anything, it'll be like having your cake and eating it too by being able to have an iPhone with the Lumia look.