The iPhone 5C is now officially available for preorder on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s website. The new handset was just unveiled on Tuesday, along with the flagship iPhone 5S. As already announced, the iPhone 5S itself will not be available for preorder this time around.
Preordering the iPhone 5C
In addition to ordering directly through Apple’s website, U.S. customers can also try to pre order it through their carrier’s online stores. It’s available on the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon networks. Keep in mind that Apple’s website and these carrier websites tend to crash frequently every year when the new iPhone is launched.
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The 16 GB version of the iPhone 5C is available for $99 with a two-year contract from any of the above carriers, while the 32 GB version is available for $199. Contract-free models are available for $549 and $649, depending on which of the two models you choose. Those can be purchased through T-Mobile.
The iPhone 5C is also available in 10 countries other than the U.S. starting today, including the U.K. and Canada.
Details on the iPhone 5C
The new handset comes in five different colors: white, pink, red, blue and green. There are also six different official Apple cases customers can select, including white, pink, yellow, blue, green and black. The cases are sold separately from the handsets themselves.
Of course the iPhone 5C has the A6 chip, an 8-megapixel iSight camera and a 4-inch Retina display. It supports LTE and is already loaded with the completely revamped iOS 7.
iPhone 5C reception in China
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) held a separate and supposedly special launch event in China on Wednesday, the day after the company’s big event in the U.S. But while many were expecting a major event tailored specifically for the Chinese audience, they were very disappointed.
The audience in China simply watched a video of the iPhone launch party in California, and the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, reported that consumers in China were disappointed by the high price of the iPhone 5C and the “poor arrangements” for the launch event.
In China, the iPhone 5C will sell for $733—far higher than other low-end handsets, thus keeping Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s products addressing only the high end of the smartphone market.