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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RE: 5C rip-off
by majipoor on Tue 18th Mar 2014 13:20 UTC in reply to "5C rip-off"
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Clearly they do not understand the low-end market

Clearly you do not understand Apple's business model, you know, the model which allows Apple to make 65% of all mobile profits.

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RE[2]: 5C rip-off
by SonicMetalMan on Tue 18th Mar 2014 13:34 in reply to "RE: 5C rip-off"
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I DO understand, and with crystal-clear clarity. It is also why I do not own any Apple products. Granted the business model for Samsung is not inherently different but two wrongs don't make a right.

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RE[3]: 5C rip-off
by majipoor on Tue 18th Mar 2014 14:30 in reply to "RE[2]: 5C rip-off"
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The goal of all companies is the same, the path is different.

Apple and Samsung business models are very different while both very successful.

Apple business model is not compatible with a true low cost smartphone (or any other product).

Whether one like it or not is not relevant for Apple as long as the business model they did chose is efficient.

And for your information, whether a business model is right or wrong depends on the enterprise success (of lack of) and in the mobile space, the only really successful business models are Apple and Samsung's models.

The fact that you consider them as wrong clearly indicates that you do not understand what a business model is.

Edited 2014-03-18 14:39 UTC

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RE[2]: 5C rip-off
by ebasconp on Tue 18th Mar 2014 13:36 in reply to "RE: 5C rip-off"
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You should not base your buys on business models, but in the satisfaction you get while owning a device. IMHO.

It was a reply to SonicMetalMan, sorry! ;)

Edited 2014-03-18 13:37 UTC

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RE[3]: 5C rip-off
by SonicMetalMan on Tue 18th Mar 2014 13:53 in reply to "RE[2]: 5C rip-off"
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My handset purchasing decisions are based on a balance of value, performance, and feature set. I typically do a lot of research before I buy and never do I jump on a product as soon as it hits the market. Even if Apple released the newest 5C at a competitive price point relative to other low-end devices, I would not buy without first looking at quite a few user and tech reviews. That's why I am member here, I count on info from outlets like this to help me make informed decisions. I tend to not throw money away on pretty, shiny new phones while I have one that serves me well.

I probably do not represent the type of consumer that Apple tries to snare.

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