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Apple iPhone 5C price, release date and where to buy

Updated Everything you need to know
Fri Nov 01 2013, 15:56

THE IPHONE 5C is Apple's first stab at 'mid-range', having launched the handset as an 'affordable' alternative to its flagship iPhone 5S.

While it's not as cheap as most had expected, the iPhone 5C also boasts better specifications than many expected, featuring the same 4in Retina display as the iPhone 5, Apple's dual-core A6 chip and an improved battery life that promises 10 hours of talk time and 250 hours on standby.

Apple iPhone 5C with iOS 7

Of course, the real talking point is that the iPhone 5C will be available in multiple colours, hence the "C", with the firm set to make the handset available in white, blue, yellow, pink and green.

For those looking to pick up the handset, below is everything you need to know about the iPhone 5C's price, release date and where to buy. For those after the more expensive model, check out our iPhone 5S price, release date and where to buy roundup. 

Apple has started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5C before the phone starts shipping on 20 September. 

Speculation has suggested that the iPhone 5C would cost around £300 at launch, but Apple has revealed otherwise. The 16GB iPhone 5C costs £469 upfront, and the 32GB model £549

EE's iPhone 5C pre-orders are go, with the operator offering tariffs between £26 and £51, with the upfront cost for the colourful handset ranging between £189.99 and £9.99.

The best deal seems to be a £41 24 month tariff, which comes with a £39.99 upfront cost, unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 2GB of data each month. However, for an extra fiver a month and a lower £9.99 upfront cost, this can be bumped to 10GB of data per month. EE is also offering the phone on non-4G tariffs with Orange and T-Mobile.

There are two tariffs available - £32 and £37 - and these both come with an upfront cost. On T-Mobile, these upfront costs are £89.99 and £49.99, and on Orange these are cheaper at £69.99 and £29.99.

4G newbie O2, perhaps unsurprisingly, has also announced that it will offer the iPhone 5C on its 4G network, and the handset is available to pre-order now. 

For those not bothered about 4G, the iPhone 5C will be available on O2's 3G network for £29.99 when picked up with a 24 month £32 contract. If you want 4G, you'll have to hand over £99.99 upfront and sign up to a £42 contract.

Three has also revealed its iPhone 5C tariffs, and although these don't include 4G, buyers will be upgraded to its LTE network for free once it rolls out later this year. The network has three different iPhone 5C tariffs on offer - £37, £39 and £41 - which each have a £49 upfront cost and come with unlimited monthly data. The 32GB model is slightly more expensive.

4G newbie Vodafone has started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5C. The cheapest option will cost you £42 a month, while the most expensive is priced at £62. The £42 tariff comes with a £20 upfront cost, although Vodafone is offering £20 credit if ordered online, and comes with 6GB of monthly 4G data.

Virgin Media
Mobile operator Virgin Media is a bit late to the game, but has finally revealed that it will be selling the iPhone 5C from 22 November. There's no details on pricing just yet. 

Carphone Warehouse
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has kicked off its iPhone 5C pre-orders, and has undercut networks' direct pricing.

The best deal is a £32 a month O2 tariff, which comes with a free iPhone 5C, 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data. µ


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