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It looks more and more like Apple just overestimated demand at the $99 price point.   http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/04/walmart-drops-iphone-5c-pricing-to-45-on-contract-through-the-holidays/
 They dropped the price of the original iPhone after 74 days. They also dropped the price of the 13" rMBP after 4 months. While I'm sure they will adjust their production numbers if the 5s is outselling the 5c (or outperforming its budget while the 5c underperforms), there's probably a limit to the number of 5s they can make. They'll want to sell the 5cs that they have. If it means the 5c is now "$49" instead of "$99" that may be a trade-off Apple is willing to make.
 It's not being marketed as a "previous generation phone," though. It's sort of like the Moto X. Google isn't calling it "last year's technology" even though it is. Both are devices marketed as new to people who don't need or care about the latest technology but want a "new" phone. It's entirely possible that over time, the 5c and its successors become the volume sellers. Most of Samsung's volume is at the low end, though virtually all their profits are from the Galaxy...
 At $550 unsubsidized, I doubt people will buy 2 or 3. At $450, I could see it as a second phone.
 Because Virgin Mobile is just Sprint's prepaid brand and they do gimmicks like that all the time. They are wholly owned by Sprint, but lack access to their roaming agreements. So it's just like being on Sprint, only worse.
 It depends on what Apple's goal is with the 5c. If it's just a way to sell "last year's phone" in an easier to manufacture, and cheaper way, then it succeeded. However, they did add the new Qualcomm chip expanding global LTE capabilities, and they are pushing it heavily through marketing, and so it's also entirely possible that they were looking to expand the market in and outside the US. If so, then it remains to be seen whether that will happen. As for the carriers...
True, but the carriers are pushing shared plans right now. A lot more people might be tempted to add a line.
 What stats? Apple hasn't and likely won't release a product split. Most of the activation data that's been posted suggests extremely high demand for the 5s. Plus, the 5c is being discounted already at places like Best Buy, which has precedent. In January, Best Buy ran a $200 promotion on the rMBP. A month later, Apple came out with a minor refresh and slashed the price. This could be Apple doing the same thing. The 5s will sell itself because it's the latest and greatest....
 I believe you're correct. What could be happening is Apple is experimenting with the price. If this promo works, we might see a price adjustment. They did this with the rMBP ($200 Best Buy gift cards) about a month before dropping the price of the entire product line. I wasn't surprised the 5c wasn't a $350 phone. I was a bit surprised it was a $550 phone in its base form. I thought they'd use it as an opportunity to drop the 4s and sell a base version for $450 (perhaps...
 Since it's September sales and the phone went on sale on the 20th, a lot of the 5c sales could be legitimate channel refilling. We'll see in October. The 5c is widely available and Best Buy just announced a promotion on it, which is unusual so early. My guess is that it is selling OK (about as well as the 5 would have if Apple had stayed true to form), but not as well as Apple would have liked.
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