For small business owners seeking a lower cost iPhone, take note. Apple unveiled the iPhone 5c yesterday. The long awaited budget iPhone will start at just $99 with contract and will go on sale Sept. 20.
The New Budget iPhone Up Close
Aside from the price, the dressed-down version of the popular smartphone offers other departures from the norm. The phone has a plastic shell, but Apple has glossed over the cheaper covering by offering it in five bright colors: white, pink, yellow, blue, and green.
In an official announcement on Apple’s website yesterday in conjunction with a special keynote announcement at Apple’s Cupertino, CA, headquarters, Philip Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said:
“iPhone 5c is everything iPhone 5 was and more, in an all-new design packed with great features, iPhone 5c is designed with a beautiful polycarbonate enclosure that looks and feels so solid in your hand.”
Reviewers agree the phone is in many ways a recasting of the iPhone 5 at a cheaper price. Features include:
- 4-inch diagonal widescreen multi-touch display
- A 8MP iSight rear-mounted camera capable of shooting 1080p HD video
- A FaceTime HD camera in front
- A slightly larger battery which Apple claims in specs will be good for up to 10 hours of 4G LTE data download (but obviously battery life will depend on what you are doing with the phone)The new phone runs Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system and will be available from carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and from the Apple Online Store and Apple Retail Stores.Though the phone starts at $99, this will get you only a 16 GB model. The 32GB version of the phone will cost you $199. For more watch the below review from CNET.