Apple to start taking iPhone 5c pre-orders this Friday, available September 20

By , Sep 10, 2013

iPhone 5c pre-order

Apple’s more affordable iPhone 5c is official now. Having already provided a quick laundry list of iPhone 5c features, we’re now left with the two crucial questions: when exactly is the iPhone 5c scheduled to go on sale and how much will it set you back? Don’t worry, iDB has you covered. The full launch details, pre-orders, pricing and availability information is right after the break…

The iPhone 5c will be initially arriving to carrier and Apple retail stores in the United States and a select few key international markets. In the coming weeks, the device will roll out in additional countries.

Long story short, Apple said the iPhone 5c will be available in 16 gigabytes for $99 and 32 gigabytes for $199, both with a two-year contract through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless.

The company will start taking pre-orders this Friday, September 13.

The unlocked 16/32GB iPhone 5c is rather pricey – coming in at $549 and $649, respectively. These are US prices and Apple has not said whether or not the phone will launch on the world’s largest telco, China Mobile.

Unlocked iPhone 5c

It looks to me that Apple wants the world’s carriers to offer the device subsidized to bring down the upfront payment under $100, which runs contrast to the idea of producing an affordable off-contract phone for markets where carriers don’t subsidize devices.

Off-contract iPhone 5c pricing for the UK is £469/£569 for the 16/32GB model, with an additional £25 for a case. In addition to the United States, the iPhone 5c will be available in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico and Singapore on Friday, September 20.

iPhone 5C in store september 20

The phone includes the iPhone 5 internals (including the A6 chip and the eight-megapixel camera on the back), encased in a plastic shell with black-glass front. The phone is offered in green, blue, red, yellow and white. There’s also a line of custom $29 cases for the iPhone 5C with holes for the cameras and flash.

Apple also said a new iPhone 4S 8GB model will be available for free, after a contract. iOS 7 will be released as a free software update starting on Wednesday, September 18 for the iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and fifth-generation iPod touch.

Yellow iPhone 5c

The iPhone 5C launch schedule compares to the iPhone 5 which initially launched on September 12, 2012 across nine key markets: the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

By the end of 2012, the iPhone 5 was available in a hundred countries and across 240 wireless carriers.

If you’re looking to ditch your old handset for some credit toward an iPhone 5C purchase, talk to Apple.

Other places are offering their own iPhone trade-in offers. Walmart, for example, is offering up to $300 for an entry-level iPhone 5 in good condition.

Gazelle has locked-in iPhone trade prices through mid-November, which means you can trade-in your older device now and be confident of receiving a high amount nearly two months after new iPhones are unveiled and in the store.

Lory put together a nice guide on making a quick buck off of your current device and you’re wholeheartedly recommended to give it a read before pulling a credit card out of your pocket. Trade-ins and shopping savvy often go a long way toward absorbing the upfront payment for a brand spanking new iPhone 5C or 5S.

So, who’s buying a 5C?

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  • William Melendez

    So ???? Where is the iPhone 5S preorders ?

    Let me get this straight ….

    The cheap iphone …..you can pre order.

    The best phone ….. You can’t.

    This makes perfect sense Apple .

    • Ignacio Irigoyen

      I was asking myself the same question, it relay grind my gears as I refuse to be one of those people making line one week in advance.
      (But this might be what Apple is looking for, big lines to show they are number 1)

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    This might be a dumb question but, as a person that doesnt live in the US i’ve been buying my iPhones for regular price and then i ask people to factory unlock it. Now that this practice has been marked as “ilegal” i would like to know what my possibilies are.
    Thanks in advance

  • Kingmoe738

    C stands for cheap
    S stands for same

    • omrishtam

      C stands for colorful…..
      S stands for…i dunno….speed?

      • P.

        security

    • Wahyu Yuki Rpl

      S Stands for Shutupandbuyit
      XD

  • omrishtam

    i am kinda upset that they didnt brought us anything else but iPhone 5C/S…..though the iPhone 5S looks insanly beast and it’s nice of apple to give us a lower cost iPhone…i still expected a bit more…i dunno….something like apple tv update or anything else. but in general it is preety awsome upgrade (from iPhone 5 to 5S)

    • Dougymac

      What happened to the cheap handset? From what I can see they’ve scrapped the iPhone 5 and replaced it with the 5c that looks like a kids toy and it’s the same price as the 5. After losing my jailbreak I jumped ship to Android and to be honest I won’t be back now. Not until the iPhone 6 if it has bigger screen size

      • Kurt

        I’m getting the Note 3, my wife too. I couldn’t have considered staying if there was a phablet. No more baby screens Apple. It will be 2014 soon and they still have a 4inch screen that is not even HD!

      • Guest

        S for Shutupandbuyit

  • belumira

    So much for “cheap” iPhone. It’ll be $549 contract free according to the online Apple Store.

  • Steve Brea

    $549 is NOT cheap

  • Javier Gore

    iPhone 5C should have been $350, $ 450 tops not just a $100 difference from the higher end 5S. It’s clear that emerging markets are not in their priority list. Plus, their move is to force customers to go premium for only $100 difference.

    • Kurt

      and enough with 100 dollar difference between 16 and 32 gigs.

  • jocastro

    im disappointed……… well hopefully next years is a lot better, the only thing i like the the ID censor

  • veda99

    5S – 649 for 16 usual apple price!
    5C – 549 off-contract!

  • Bintang Putra

    I don’t like iPhone 5C.
    It’s NOT you, Apple !
    This is embarrassing,…cheap??
    NO !!!

  • http://www.remeshkumar.com/ Remesh Kumar

    Preorder iPhone 5c 16GB (GSM) Unlocked for $549.00. What an Irony.

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