Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Mar 2014 10:28 UTC

Apple is adding a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C to its smartphone lineup. The new model first appeared on UK carrier O2's site, but has since been added to a number of international Apple Stores including the UK, Australia, and China. In the UK, it's priced at £429, £40 ($66 including sales tax) less than the 16GB model. Should Apple choose to bring the new budget model to the US, the price seems likely to fall somewhere around $499.

An 8GB smartphone for $500. You can buy six Lumia 520s for that - almost one for every day of the week. You have to be utterly void of common sense to buy this phone. Then again, that seems to be the general attitude towards the 5C anyway.

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About 2 months after it was released, i jumped on the iPhone 4. With a contract, the 32Gb one cost me £35 a month (for 18 months) plus £250 up front for the phone. In the end, it averaged out that i nearly spent (or maybe spent more than) £1000 on the phone. Recently picked up a 64Gb 4S for £200 off Ebay. Got a decent spec bump whilst not paying the £700(!?!?!?!) this phone would have cost new.

It makes very little sense nowadays to get the latest and greatest from Apple. Older model phones are plentiful and ridiculously cheap compared to what they'd cost new.

I'll probably hunt eBay again next year and pick up a cheap 5. Lather, rinse, repeat.

You're comparing apples and oranges. When you picked up the iPhone 4 it was state of the art. Now you're getting a 3 year old phone. I don't see that as a deal at all to pay $200 for a phone that won't last nearly as long. I kept my iPhone 4 from release date to winter, and then upgraded to a 5S. Given that the phones seem to have a useful life of about 3.5 years for me, I'm fine with that.

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