Apple bringing 8GB iPhone 5c to India

Apple will be bringing the 8GB version of the iPhone 5c to India in the coming weeks. During Apple's Q2 2014 conference call, CEO Tim Cook said that Indian iPhone sales had more than doubled. India is an emerging market where many of the "next billion" smartphone customers are expected to come from, and getting a lower cost version of Apple's pop-art-inspired mid-tier iPhone makes a lot of sense. Especially for customers who don't need to cary around a lot of media with them but do want access to messaging apps and the mobile web.

The 8GB iPhone 5c first launched back in March in the U.K, and later expanded to several other countries in eastern and western Europe. There's been no word yet on U.S availability.

The iPhone 5s remains the big movie blockbuster that gets everyone lining up, but the iPhone 5c is the hit TV show that's there week-in, week-out to catch the eye of anyone walking by.

If you're in India and have been debating an iPhone 5c, will a new, less expensive iPhone 5c appeal to you?

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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • Only Problem for apple here is the price. Isn't it always though ? Unless its $300-350 off contract where its easily under cutting the Nexus 5. iPhone 5c will be a hardsell. I am myself contemplating a new phone but most probably waiting for the 4.7" iPhone 6
  • I will pass.. 8GB is just too less. Looking at the trend of updates which developers push these days.. 8GB will run out of its capacity quite soon. I just got a 16GB iPhone 5c in green color and it's fantastic!
  • Just recently 4G was launched on mobile devices earlier it was only for dongles and data cards, I feel apple is launching this less expensive version to tap more 4G mobile sales, in India as of know only 5S, 5C, LG G2 & a Karbon phone support 4G on mobile ie 2300mhz bands.
  • Not excited about 5c they only cut hardly ₹5000 after removing half of space. I recently get an iphone 4s and i am loving it. But 512 mb ram makes multitasking difficult. Sent from the iMore App
  • Usually I'm defending the price of Apple products to my Android fanboy friends, but this time I got nothing. The 5C 8GB is so insanely, stupidly overpriced that I feel the government should step in to save the people from this horrific deal. This phone is AT BEST worth around $300-350. You can easily get an iPhone 5 16GB for the price of a 8GB 5C.
  • Apple should of replaced the iPod Touch with the 5C. I WAS going to get a 5C, but it's way over priced. The iPod Touch is my gateway to the Apple ecosystem... Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • Ha. india is a dump!
  • That's bullshit, nobody would want to buy that
  • They are only doing this because in a few months the 5c becomes the "8GB free on contract" iPhone when the 4 and the 4s are "end of life"-d. It makes sense to sell them earlier if they can, and for more money if they can. So they are. If they sold one with a white front instead of the black, I would totally buy one. It's much closer to the kind of phone I need than the giganto iPhone 6 that's about to come out.
  • Really 8gb? Couldn't have kept it at 16gb especially considering how much it's likely to be and how much memory actually cost Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • My boyfriend desperately needs a smartphone to replace his crappy old phone. I hope this phone comes to Indonesia soon as the iPhones here are quite pricey for most.