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8GB iPhone 5C, Cheapest Apple Smartphone, Selling in Europe, Asia

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 01:17 PM

By Michael Mullins

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The 8GB iPhone 5C is Apple's latest and least expensive smartphone to be introduced, having been released in Asian and European markets earlier this week at varying prices. The device, however, has yet to be made available to U.S. consumers.

The 8GB iPhone 5C is reportedly selling in Britain for £429 pounds, which is equivalent to $712 in the United States, approximately $66.40 less than the 16GB iPhone 5C, the Huffington Post noted.

The smartphone's reduced storage capabilities and consequently cheaper price is an apparent response by Apple to calls from analysts for a cheaper version of its already reduced-price iPhone 5C that was introduced last September.

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According to CNN Money, as of Tuesday the 8GB iPhone 5C was only being sold in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and China.

The release of the cheaper iPhone has been welcome news to analysts, such as Shannon Cross of Cross Research who told Reuters, "We believe this newly configured device will have a lower gross margin as we estimate the difference in cost to Apple for the 8GB of NAND is $5 to $10."

However not everyone approves of the revised smartphone.

"For a smartphone that can record HD video and sync music collection seamlessly, 8GB of storage is an astonishing paltry amount of storage to include in the iPhone 5c," Travis Pope writes in an editorial review of the 8GB iPhone 5c on GottaBeMobile.com.

"The iPhone 5c itself isn’t some new device that adds features users couldn’t get their hands on before," Pope continues. "Instead, it’s a way for Apple to continue to sell parts of the iPhone 5. . . What people aren’t aware of is that they’re still buying last year’s iPhone and paying a premium to do so."

In September, Apple also unveiled the gold-anodized, aluminum-and-glass iPhone 5s along with its other 5s models and the cheaper, colorful 5c option. The gold iPhone immediately sold out in China, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, as the U.S. wait list rapidly grew.

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