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Apple to Launch Low Priced $99 -149 iPhone in Late 2013: WSJ & Bloomberg
A low priced iPhone from Apple is the biggest thing the people are looking around, after a number of rumours the WSJ again reported that Apple is well determined to launch a fully redesigned and inexpensive iPhone model aimed at China and developing markets, where smartphones are not sold contract-free. Now, Bloomberg comes with the similar sort of good news for low end customers with a claim that Apple’s low priced iPhone model would likely come with price tag of $99-$149. That’s the full, un-subsidized price for users without contract to a carrier.
Apple Inc. plans to sell a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone as soon as this year, said a person familiar with the plans, part of a push to gain customers in developing nations.
Apple, which had been working on a more affordable smartphone since at least February 2011, is weighing retail prices of $99 to $149 for a device that would debut in late 2013, at the earliest, according to the person, who asked not to be named because the negotiations are private.
The report further discloses that the device would come with much cheaper parts, might be smaller than existing models, contrary to claims of a larger, 5-inch display. Bloomberg cites that its sources say “Apple was also considering a more versatile version that would work on multiple wireless networks”.
The iPhone maker is already in contact “to at least one of the top U.S. wireless carriers” about its plan of a cheap iPhone, the source also claims.
The Wall Street Journal also seems agreed to the rumours that the cheaper iPhone would look like the standard iPhone, “with a different, less-expensive body”.
“One possibility Apple has considered is lowering the cost of the device by using a different shell made of polycarbonate plastic”, the Journal adds. “Many other parts could remain the same or be recycled from older iPhone models”.
We think, both The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are the biggest sources of authentic news and can’t throw their known credibility for rumors only. So, Apple would really launch a cheap iPhone for the folks wondering without sufficient money required to buy a standard iPhone model.