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Apple has continued to slowly expand availability of its new entry-level 8-gigabyte iPhone 5c model, with the handset debuting in a number of additional countries this week, including Italy and Sweden.




Joining them were the Czech Republic, Belgium, and the Netherlands, according to LetemSvetem Applem. It's also available in Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, and Switzerland. The new 8-gigabyte iPhone 5c expands the handset's lineup, flanking the previously available 16- and 32-gigabyte capacities.

In Italy, the 8-gigabyte iPhone 5c is available for 579 euros, which is 50 euros less than the 16-gigabyte model. In Sweden, the smaller-capacity model comes at a discount of 500 krona, while in the Czech Republic, it's 1,300 koruna cheaper than the 16-gigabyte version.

A month ago, the 8-gigabyte iPhone 5c debuted in a number of major markets including the U.K., France, China,, Germany, and Australia. It did not, however, replace the low-end iPhone 4s, which remains the company's cheapest smartphone option available.




The 8-gigabyte iPhone 5c is intended for users who aren't planning to heavily use the handset for media or applications. It ships with 4.9 gigabytes of storage available to users, with the remaining space used up by the iOS operating system and various services.

Market watchers expect the 8-gigabyte iPhone 5c, along with last month's return of the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display, as having a "slight positive" on the company's bottom line for the current June quarter.
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I've checked the Spanish apple website and it's also available here in Spain:

http://store.apple.com/es/buy-iphone/iphone5c
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Bwwwuh? The 5c was declared a complete epic fail. Why is Apple debuting this thing in numerous countries?

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So expensive. The pricing situation on iPhones is not right right now IMO.

 

When they introduced the 8 GB 5c I think the should have killed both the 4s and the 32 GB 5c, and rearranged pricing. That's my opinion.

 

I really think they should adjust the pricing of iPhones to this:

 

4s 8 GB = EOL

 

5c 8 GB = €399

5c 16 GB = €499

 

5s 16 GB €599

5s 32 GB €699

5s 64 GB €799

 


Edited by Ireland - 4/16/14 at 6:56am
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I really hope we'll see 8GB fall away forever as the minimum capacity for the iPhone. With over 1GB needed for the last OTA update plus the temporary swap file that 8GB which is only 7.45GiB before the OS is installed is getting very cramped. I can't image the average buyer of a new 8GB iPhone is very tech savvy.

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Bwwwuh? The 5c was declared a complete epic fail. Why is Apple debuting this thing in numerous countries?

If the iPhone 5C could speak it would probably say, "Reports of my failure have been greatly exaggerated."

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I can't believe Apple is selling an 8 GB iPhone in 2014. This is not the way to make users happy and satisfied. Who wants a crippled iPhone that can't do much due to its limited memory? This cheapo phone cheapens Apple's premium brand.

This is like when Krispy Kreme started selling bad tasting stale donuts at supermarkets.
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The Netherlands? Yeah!

I guess with Photostream and iTunes Match that 4.9 is enough for some people though. But with MS office / iWork apps around a quarter of a gig each it may very well be too cramped, making people wish for an SD Card slot...
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I can't believe Apple is selling an 8 GB iPhone in 2014. This is not the way to make users happy and satisfied. Who wants a crippled iPhone that can't do much due to its limited memory? This cheapo phone cheapens Apple's premium brand.

This is like when Krispy Kreme started selling bad tasting stale donuts at supermarkets.

Anyone remember IBM's pcJr?

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In Sweden it is 500 kronor not krona.
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The 8-gigabyte iPhone 5c is intended for users who aren't planning to heavily use the handset for media or applications. It ships with 4.9 gigabytes of storage available to users, with the remaining space used up by the iOS operating system and various services.

 

Basically its for people who will basically use the phone as a feature phone because otherwise its pretty much useless. Basically all you'll be able to do is browse the internet, get email, chat and talk on it. Everything else is pretty much a no because you'll run out of storage in a heartbeat. 

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Originally Posted by 512ke View Post
I can't believe Apple is selling an 8 GB iPhone in 2014. This is not the way to make users happy and satisfied. 

 

Maybe it is and you’re just not that user?

 

Originally Posted by macxpress View Post

because otherwise its pretty much useless.

 

That’s a whole mess of FUD and you know it. Why would you say that?

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post #12 of 102
still too expensive.
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http://www.macrumors.com/2014/02/04/iphone-4-india/

Could also expand the selling of the ip4
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Basically its for people who will basically use the phone as a feature phone because otherwise its pretty much useless. Basically all you'll be able to do is browse the internet, get email, chat and talk on it. Everything else is pretty much a no because you'll run out of storage in a heartbeat. 

 

Basically you're right. But there are a lot of people who want exactly that: a feature phone with the great interface, plus Siri, maps, browser, email, chat, voice, and a few games.  Apple basically might not be planning to offer further iOS upgrades that are compatible with the 5c aside from small patches that don't require so much space to download.  Photos can be offloaded to the cloud or to a desktop in order to open up memory if needed. Basically. Lots of peeps don't plan to use their phone for office/work purposes, and don't need the power.  No reason Apple should exclude them from the "family".  :)  These same people will likely be acquiring a new phone in 2-3 years, regardless of what they buy today, so getting an upgradeable phone is not necessary, basically it's just as well that Apple get them into the ecosystem now!  

 

Also, if Apple begins selling these 8GB phones in the USA, many parents might be tempted to get them for the kids, since the kids are less likely to want OS upgrades, and more likely to break the thing in a year or two anyway.


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That's an insane price for an 8 GB smartphone.

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Originally Posted by Ezhik View Post
Thats not an insane price for an… …iPhone.

 

Fixed.

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That's an insane price for an 8 GB smartphone.

 

Unsubsidized prices and they include tax. 

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Originally Posted by macxpress View Post
 

 

Basically its for people who will basically use the phone as a feature phone because otherwise its pretty much useless. Basically all you'll be able to do is browse the internet, get email, chat and talk on it. Everything else is pretty much a no because you'll run out of storage in a heartbeat. 


It's definately not useless. I have used a 8Gb iPhone 4 for the last two years. I keep the essential apps on there and keep offline media files off it and I have had a great experience. Music is streaming (Spotify) and I offload photos to my MacMini when space is tight. The only thing I really need the space for is downloading podcasts but that can also be easily managed by syncing on wireless and deleting old stuff from the phone. The only thing I usually cannot do is filming more than short clips. As long as you keep media off the phone it will be just as quick and usable as one with more memory. If it is worth the savings though is debatable.

 

I'm just about to go home and activate my own new iPhone 5c (32Gb). Looking forward to the speed increase and new features! My iPhone 4 has served me incredibly well so far though and I have been very happy with it. Especially after the 7.1 upgrade.

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8GB available in the UK too.

It just gives people more options which is never a bad thing. If you need more memory, you buy a phone with more memory, simple.

 

This will just help more people discover the Apple brand and when they are happy, they'll get a bigger capacity phone, maybe the premium model next time.

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Fixed.

Would you pay $800 for an 8 gigabyte phone?

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Unsubsidized prices and they include tax. 

An 8 GB (an 8 GB phone in 2014!) iPhone 5c costs 579 euros, which converts to 800 dollars.

A 16 GB iPhone 5costs $649. Of course, you need to add sales tax to that. Let's make that 25% - surely enough to cover whatever taxes it gets and the added shipping costs from China to Europe. You get 811 dollars. 

 

So yeah. It is an insane price, even for an Apple product.

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It's definately not useless. I have used a 8Gb iPhone 4 for the last two years. I keep the essential apps on there and keep offline media files off it and I have had a great experience. Music is streaming (Spotify) and I offload photos to my MacMini when space is tight. The only thing I really need the space for is downloading podcasts but that can also be easily managed by syncing on wireless and deleting old stuff from the phone. The only thing I usually cannot do is filming more than short clips. As long as you keep media off the phone it will be just as quick and usable as one with more memory. If it is worth the savings though is debatable.

 

I'm just about to go home and activate my own new iPhone 5c (32Gb). Looking forward to the speed increase and new features! My iPhone 4 has served me incredibly well so far though and I have been very happy with it. Especially after the 7.1 upgrade.

 

An average user isn't going to do this. They want the photos on their phone, they want to be able to watch movies, store music, etc, etc. Not store it elsewhere and rely on always having an internet connection. Yes, these are solutions to the low storage, but an average user isn't going to do this just to make their phone work. They'll just get frustrated by not being able to have their stuff on their phone. 

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It's funny how there's always people who will complain about 8 GB.

 

Guess what, this phone is not for you! You don't have to buy one, and you don't have to use one! Now go and relax.

 

Why are these people offended by the existence of an 8 GB iPhone? Do these people also walk into clothing stores and complain about small sized jeans and shirts? Hint: not everybody is like you.

 

The 8 GB iPhone is suitable for certain people, like those who do not need a lot of storage space, or those who are looking to save cash. I've said this before, but if I were to get an iPhone for somebody like my mom, the 8 GB model would be perfect, anything larger would be a complete waste.

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Basically you're right. But there are a lot of people who want exactly that: a feature phone with the great interface, plus Siri, maps, browser, email, chat, voice, and a few games.  Apple basically might not be planning to offer further iOS upgrades that are compatible with the 5c aside from small patches that don't require so much space to download.  Photos can be offloaded to the cloud or to a desktop in order to open up memory if needed. Basically. Lots of peeps don't plan to use their phone for office/work purposes, and don't need the power.  No reason Apple should exclude them from the "family".  :)  These same people will likely be acquiring a new phone in 2-3 years, regardless of what they buy today, so getting an upgradeable phone is not necessary, basically it's just as well that Apple get them into the ecosystem now!  

 

Also, if Apple begins selling these 8GB phones in the USA, many parents might be tempted to get them for the kids, since the kids are less likely to want OS upgrades, and more likely to break the thing in a year or two anyway.

 

Why would Apple release a phone they don't plan on supporting with future OS upgrades? Thats just silly thinking. This is what Android phones do. 

 

An average user isn't going to screw around with uploading photos here, music there, etc, etc because the phone they bought doesn't have adequate storage for their needs. 

 

The regular 5C is what parents are buying kids today in the US. This is all I see kids using around here. Its cheap enough on contract. You can get a 16GB iPhone 5C for as low as $79 on contract if you look around. You can only take so many selifies with an 8GB phone...

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It's funny how there's always people who will complain about 8 GB.

 

Guess what, this phone is not for you! You don't have to buy one, and you don't have to use one! Now go and relax.

 

Why are these people offended by the existence of an 8 GB iPhone? Do these people also walk into clothing stores and complain about small sized jeans and shirts? Hint: not everybody is like you.

 

The 8 GB iPhone is suitable for certain people, like those who do not need a lot of storage space, or those who are looking to save cash. I've said this before, but if I were to get an iPhone for somebody like my mom, the 8 GB model would be perfect, anything larger would be a complete waste.

I disagree, you're completely missing the point....but explaining anything won't change your mind so its not worth the time. 

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Would you pay $800 for an 8 gigabyte phone?

 

No, but he doesn't understand that. He's so far into the Apple koolaid its not funny so its not worth arguing with him. 

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It's funny how there's always people who will complain about 8 GB.

 

Guess what, this phone is not for you! You don't have to buy one, and you don't have to use one! Now go and relax.

 

Why are these people offended by the existence of an 8 GB iPhone? Do these people also walk into clothing stores and complain about small sized jeans and shirts? Hint: not everybody is like you.

 

The 8 GB iPhone is suitable for certain people, like those who do not need a lot of storage space, or those who are looking to save cash. I've said this before, but if I were to get an iPhone for somebody like my mom, the 8 GB model would be perfect, anything larger would be a complete waste.

"Looking to save cash"? By paying 800 dollars for a mid-range phone? See, that's the problem. For an 800 dollar device, even if you consider taxes, to have that little storage? It's mad.

 

If one was looking to save cash for real, they'd buy a phone from one of Apple's competitors - which for that price would surely have more than that much storage space.

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It's funny how there's always people who will complain about 8 GB.

 

Guess what, this phone is not for you! You don't have to buy one, and you don't have to use one! Now go and relax.

 

Why are these people offended by the existence of an 8 GB iPhone? Do these people also walk into clothing stores and complain about small sized jeans and shirts? Hint: not everybody is like you.

 

The 8 GB iPhone is suitable for certain people, like those who do not need a lot of storage space, or those who are looking to save cash. I've said this before, but if I were to get an iPhone for somebody like my mom, the 8 GB model would be perfect, anything larger would be a complete waste.

While We are at it, Why not make 4GB phone, anyway it is not for you and you don't have to buy one or use one. You just have to relax. It is for certain people Hint: not everybody is like you, It's for people, who can pay $50 less then what 8GB costs. /

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Originally Posted by Ezhik View Post
Would you pay $800 for an 8 gigabyte phone?

 

1. Depends on what it can do.

2. This phone isn’t $800.

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I disagree, you're completely missing the point....but explaining anything won't change your mind so its not worth the time. 

 

I'm not missing the point, because I have already conducted the experiment, and I know the results.

 

I gave my mom an iPad 2 16 GB a few years ago, and even to this day, not even half of the capacity is filled up. An 8 GB iPhone would suit somebody like her perfectly.

 

There are people who don't download a lot of apps, and there are people who don't take photos or videos.

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While We are at it, Why not make 4GB phone, anyway it is not for you and you don't have to buy one or use one. You just have to relax. It is for certain people Hint: not everybody is like you, It's for people, who can pay $50 less then what 8GB costs. /

$50 is a lot for certain people.

 

Just look at all of the whining on here by cheapskates who thought that $329 was too high of a price for the iPad Mini.

 

So, it's good for Apple to offer a slightly cheaper iPhone for people who either do not need a lot of storage space or for people who think that 50 bucks is a big deal.

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I'm not missing the point, because I have already conducted the experiment, and I know the results.

 

I gave my mom an iPad 2 16 GB a few years ago, and even to this day, not even half of the capacity is filled up. An 8 GB iPhone would suit somebody like her perfectly.

 

There are people who don't download a lot of apps, and there are people who don't take photos or videos.

 

Except an iPad isn't an iPhone so you're experiment doesn't mean shit. iPads aren't stored in pockets, taken out many times a day, photos taken with it, etc, etc. I'm sure there are people (like me) who don't have a lot of apps, but most will take photos, store music, etc on their phone.

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but most will take photos, store music, etc on their phone.

 

Then those people probably shouldn't buy an 8 GB iPhone, that's just plain common sense.

 

The 8 GB iPhone is merely another option. Like I stated earlier, if somebody doesn't like it, then don't buy one.

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1. Depends on what it can do.

2. This phone isn’t $800.

579 euros is 800 dollars and 29 cents.

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Then those people probably shouldn't buy an 8 GB iPhone, that's just plain common sense.

 

The 8 GB iPhone is merely another option. Like I stated earlier, if somebody doesn't like it, then don't buy one.

It shouldn't be an option that costs 800 dollars. 

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Would you pay $800 for an 8 gigabyte phone?

Your error is thinking that the storage capacity is the only worthwhile factor in determining the value of smartphone. But to answer your question, no, I wouldn't pay $800 for an 8GB iPhone… because I'd spend $100 more for the 16GB model.

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Your error is thinking that the storage capacity is the only worthwhile factor in determining the value of smartphone.

Please tell me, what makes it worth paying EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS for a MID RANGE phone? I see no logical reason for it. The "Apple tax" excuse can only go so far.

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Please tell me, what makes it worth paying EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS for a MID RANGE phone? I see no logical reason for it. The "Apple tax" excuse can only go so far.

You're from the US aren't you?

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It shouldn't be an option that costs 800 dollars. 

I've always argued in favor of Apple jacking up their prices, in other to further separate themselves from the riff raff.

 

If somebody feels that the price of a particular Apple device is too expensive, then they are free to buy something else.

 

And the 4s is still available for those who are looking for something even cheaper.

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You're from the US aren't you?

No, I am from Russia. For reference, the cheapest iPhone 5c (16 GB) is 610 dollars here - still quite expensive compared to competition, but not as insane as that.

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