Taiwanese carrier relaunching iPhone 6 in Gold

Taiwan Mobile announced Thursday that it’s relaunching Apple’s discontinued iPhone 6. The Taiwanese wireless carrier has begun taking pre-orders for the 32-gigabyte version of iPhone 6, but it’s only available in Gold. The handset will go on sale on March 10. Last month, Apple relaunched 32-gigabyte editions of iPhone 6 in China, priced at 3,900 yuan unlocked, or approximately $567.

The iPhone 6 lineup was discontinued last September, when iPhone 7 launched and iPhone 6’s spot as the entry-level iPhone has since been taken by iPhone SE.

32GB iPhone 6 in Gold will be available only via Taiwan Mobile’s retail shops and through its online store, not via Apple’s own stores. The phone is priced at NT$2,900, or about $94, with a monthly service fee of NT$999 (about $32.50) for 30 months.

Customers opting for a costlier monthly fee of NT$1,399 (about $45.50) for 30 months can get the handset at no upfront charge according to the carrier. Apple has allowed certain carriers in Asia to relaunch iPhone 6 devices to help them target the mid-range segment at a time when iPhone sales in the region have been slowing.

The Cupertino firm is also aiming to expand its installed base of users who’d buy apps and other content as it looks to boost its rapidly growing Services segment.

With the September 2015 iPhone 6s release, the 128-gigabyte versions of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were phased out along with the gold version of both phones. The iPhone 6 family was entirely discontinued following the September 2016 iPhone 7 launch.

Source: Taiwan Mobile (Google Translate)