Apple launches 8GB iPhone 5c, on sale today

iPhone 5c

After first hearing about it yesterday, Apple's 8GB iPhone 5c has today gone on sale in the UK. So far the Apple Store and UK carrier, O2, have both added the new option to its listings and will sell it from today. The unsubsidized Apple price is £429, which represents only a £40 saving on the 16GB model.

O2 hasn't put a price to its pay-as-you-go models yet, so we don't have a clear indicator right now on just how much cheaper than the 16GB model this new version might be. On the Refresh tariffs you can walk away with one from between £0 and £409 up-front on a variety of different tariffs.

At the time of writing the 8GB iPhone 5c hasn't been added to the U.S. Apple Store, but we'll be keeping an eye open for details and pricing throughout the day. It has been added it seems to the Australian and Chinese Apple Store websites as well as other European stores as well. As such we'd expect to see something in the U.S. when business gets underway there.

There's maybe a case to be made for picking up the lowest cost iPhone, but with saving just £40 over the 16GB model the iPhone 5c 8GB is an even less enticing option. Had Apple priced it under £400 there may have been something of an argument for it, but our advice remains the same; spend a little extra and at least get the 16GB.

Source: O2, Apple UK

Thanks Chris for the tip!

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Apple launches 8GB iPhone 5c, on sale today


Both the iPhone 5C 8GB & the iPad 4 have been listed for sale on the apple website in Australia.

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iPad 4 shows up on the US store, but no 8 GB 5c. Judging how it fills the gap in some countries price wise, not sure where it would fit here. 4s is $450 off contract/unlocked, 16 GB 5c is only $99 more at $549, with $100 more up the line. ($649 for 32 GB 5c/16 GB 5s, etc.)

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Who in there right mind would pay so much for essentially a 4gig device considering the 16 gig is on 40 dollars more. Who are making these decisions at apple ?

I don't believe this will sell well. I guess we will all have to wait and see but if it were $300 and the equivalent around the world I think people may lean a bit more to it.

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Sticking someone w/ a phone for 2 years that has 8GB (actually a fair amount less) and no expandable storage borders on unethical to me. This is really taking advantage of people that don't know any better (you can argue whose fault that is and I wouldn't necessarily disagree).

And I'm not sure why this is even on sale in the US. It's presented as a cheaper option but isn't the 16GB 5C already free on a 2 year contract?

If Apple thinks people can get by with 8GB this probably doesn't bode well for 32GB becoming the new base model anytime soon.

The equivalent of $679? That's crazy. Import tax can't be that high. Isn't the 16gig $549 or something like that here in the states?

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After you put a few apps you'll be out of space and you will never be able to update to iOS8 unless you delete most of your stuff. 8gb shouldn't be sold. You say / Apple says they make great products and all they care about is a great experience. 8gb model shows that is a lie. All they care about is money. Apple is lucky to pay $10 extra for 16 gb vs 8 gb. this phone should be about $300 to $350. Phones with 8 GB are a non starter. Only the naive people would buy it and end up hating it.

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Someone. Anyone. Needs to step off the Infinity Loop and look at mobile tech currently available from other companies. The 8GB memory spec makes this phone DEAD in the water. I feel bad for anyone who buys this phone. Does the box also say this phone will hold 2 movies; 2 video games; pictures from you kids birthday; and 8 albums. After that you are deleting stuff!

Absolutely correct., Apple should have reduced the price of 16GB 5C instead. Really..... Bad move

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Not everyone uses their phone for movies, music and tons of apps. My parents are completely content to use their iPhones for occasional web surfing or googling, pictures, directions, email, text. Why wouldn't they be better off saving a little money and going with a smaller storage? They have had iphones for years and never come close to using more than a few gbs or their available storage.

Just because it doesn't make sense for you - doesn't mean it doesn't make sense for others.

Forget whether 8gb makes sense or not imo for £400+ a consumer deserves more than 8gb storage.

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Let's be honest apple should have really just lowered the price of the 16gb 5c

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It makes sense for a very small number of people. If my math is right just 2500 pictures will fill this phone. I usually guesstimate video at 1MB per second. So ~90 minutes of video would fill this phone. So ~1250 pics and 45 minutes of video will fill this phone. That is like ONE birthday party for many people. This I guess is fine for some people but I simply would expect better from apple.

Not only this, but I think this is a good move for getting people to switch from feature phones to an iPhone (since it's likely to be free on contract). This way those on the old devices can move to better phones that can do more while still being easy to use.

£429 in the uk? Won't sell at all, £40 more for double the memory. This should be £300 at the very most!

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