The iPhone 5C Can Now Be Yours for Just $45

RadioShack and Walmart join Best Buy in heavily discounting the new model

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The five colors of the new iPhone 5C are seen on screen at Apple's media event in Cupertino, Calif., on Sept. 10, 2013

Just two weeks after it first went on sale for $99, Apple’s colorful new iPhone 5c is already on the bargain racks. First Best Buy rolled out a promotion on Thursday to offer the Apple iPhone 5C for $50, and now RadioShack and Walmart have announced similar price cuts on the new device.

Starting today, Walmart — which was already selling the phone for $79 — will slash its price to $45 through the holiday season, while RadioShack plans to give customers $50 gift cards to apply towards the iPhone 5C phone from Saturday through Nov. 2. Best Buy’s deal only lasts through Oct. 7. All promotions apply only if customers sign a two-year wireless contract.

The 5C, which costs $99 if purchased through Apple with a two-year contract (or $549 without), is the cheaper version of the 5S phone. Analysts speculated that the 5C would not do as well as the high-end 5S, which costs $199 with a contract and features a fingerprint sensor, better camera and faster processor. The 5S has been frequently sold out at various locations, even though Apple reported shipping 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C models in the first weekend alone.

Retailers like Best Buy and Walmart are slashing prices in an effort to entice consumers to buy the 5C, according to ABC. Target is also offering a reduced price on the colorful plastic model.

[MarketWatch]

98 comments
JonathanDominguez
JonathanDominguez

Why would I want a crappi iPhone 5c? And at $45.00, yeah, it is iCrap.

Rhomega
Rhomega

I'd love to be able to upgrade my phone at that price.

new2tech
new2tech

I am looking to purchase an upgrade phone--an MyTouch to either a Samsung Galaxy 4 or I-Phone 5s.  I have purchased alot of books on google books and would like to know if my books can be read on the iphone? I have invested  money in the purchase of those books and don't want to be disappointed in my choice.  My son suggests the I-Phone 5s but the screen is too small for me.  Any suggestions about which to purchase.

Thanks.


DCL


tinainvirginia
tinainvirginia

This is incorrect. Bestbuy is not offering the iPhone 5c for $50 until the 7th. We went today and we're told it ended yesterday, the 5th.

HarryJamesbr
HarryJamesbr

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whoisdarren
whoisdarren

NEWS FLASH Courtney Submarine...it's free at Verizon, T-Mobile, and ATT with a 2 year contract. 

StonedPhillips
StonedPhillips

This goes to show how much garbage iPhones really are. If after just two weeks, retailers are giving out gift cards to people to buy iPhones or slashing the prices 50%, then the iPhone (or any other product for that matter) isn't really a great product to begin with.

hypnotoad72
hypnotoad72

Who says I want it for $45 plus the two year contract, making its net cost just a teensy bit more than $45?

And who says I want it?  

Why do marketers use their silver forked tongue to compel people to buy, but berate and insult them when people aren't looking?  (There's a great video from Cracked that reveals Apple's (and others') true opinion of the customers they "cater" to... then go to Apple's forums and look up the number of irate customers who had laptop logic boards replaced only to get the same problem returning after a while... Apple is not on the ball where it counts the most.  But it's large and wealthy, who cares if they stop being ethical?)

smarterthansmartguy
smarterthansmartguy

Apple products are over priced garbage. Retailers have 8 million 5S iPhones sitting in their warehouses of the "9 million sold". The rest are on kijiji.

Tomaji
Tomaji

AT&T and Best Buy are pulling a HUGE SCAM....they offer a $20/mo phone plan online, with the iPhone 5c at $50 after ALSO getting a Best Buy $50 gift card to use against the $99.99 iPhone 5c and cheap $20/month phone plan purchase. I went in two nights ago to make sure this was for real. With me next to them, they CALLED AT&T and confirmed it was REAL - all I have to do was do the online purchase and come in to pick up and activate that plan. I went home, did that, then went in the next day and they told me I had to ADD $70/mo to the $20/mo plan I just purchased...!!!!....what a con job..!! They are colluding to lure people in this way, wasting hours of my time and causing me great aggravation and emotional distress. When I was telling the attendant there what they were doing needed an attorney to look at it, he said "GET OUT OF THE STORE"....that once I mentioned the word "Attorney", he could not longer talk with me and I had to leave the store. So, I am writing it all down and will seek an attorney who might want this case on contingency, as they know people can't afford to fight this crooked scheme. Anybody out there who knows the right attorney, please send them my way.  - send email to tom AT wyldwoodstudio DOT com

JoeDSmith
JoeDSmith

So it's not $45. False advertising.

eagle11772
eagle11772

I have an Android Samsung Intercept smartphone and can't live without it.  I pay $25 per month for voice and unlimited text and web service thru Virgin Mobile.  I would LIKE to pay less than that per month, but I think that is a rock-bottom price for celfone service, and cannot find another company that is cheaper than Virgin Mobile.  If anybody knows of anybody cheaper than the $25  month I'm paying, post it here.  The bottom line is I would never buy an Apple phone because the monthly service is much too expensive.

clinesmind
clinesmind

Cause we really need this crap to function on a daily basis. How lame society has become. 

KatzWalk
KatzWalk

THE REAL PRICE IS 45.00 DOLLARS  !  BEFORE THE MARK UP PRICE ~

Liberals_Suck
Liberals_Suck

Did CNN run an article about the glitch in IOS 7 where randfomally texts are lost? Apple = overpriced junk made in China sweatshops.

sjmarcus
sjmarcus

I'd say the pone isn't $45, it is $545, and you pay the the $500 bit by bit over your 2 year contract. Calling it a $45 phone is really pretty dumb.

fire115
fire115

@JonathanDominguez why do you care what other people want? why are you wasting your life on those thoughts and comments? you're welcome.

TalalWazeer
TalalWazeer

@new2tech Nexus 5 is a google phone that will probably be the best fit for you. Has integrated google apps and a beautiful 5 inch display. 

joseheinert1
joseheinert1

@tinainvirginia  Go to the bestbuy website...there you will find the statement I copied and took down to my local store:  "Valid 10/3/2013-10/7/2013. Offer available in store or online for store pickup only. If purchasing in store, Gif Card may be redeemend towards the purchase of yur iPhone 5C"For online purchase, a gift card will be valid towards a future purchase. Contract phone customer must be elegible for a new two-ear-agreement to receive gift Card for this promotion."    Ask to talk to the manager.  If they don't honor it go to Radio Shack or Target or Walmart.

whoisdarren
whoisdarren

@HarryJamesbr WTF did you just write?  This is about cell phones not arch hunters, head hunters or wizards.

supamonkey77
supamonkey77

@StonedPhillips Well actually this may make people buy more iPhones. I'm no fan of the iPhone, but even I can't deny the simplicity and build quality of the product. If I was in the market for an iPhone, I'd jump at the chance to get the C since it is slightly less than the S in quality.

joseheinert1
joseheinert1

@hypnotoad72    Is advertising "compelling" you to buy anything?  You must be easily influenced by dumb ads.  If you feel "compelled" to buy any product you should perhaps  talk to a mental health professional about this problem.  It is not normal to be so easily directed to do anything.  I fear you will lead a life full of problems if you allow yourself to be manipulated so easily by "advertising" or any other form of b.s. you encounter.

EleanorRigby
EleanorRigby

@Tomaji You should at least try to file a complaint at the Better Business Bureau, and also see if you can file one at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB).  The CFPB is busy with banks, but perhaps will take an interest.

JustMeAgain
JustMeAgain

@Tomaji Best Buy does NOT offer phone plans.  They can only offer what ATT, Verizon and Sprint allow them to offer.

monsterocket
monsterocket

@Tomaji "...and causing me great aggravation and emotional distress." Wow. I would have kicked you out too, Princess. #FirstWorldProblems


safari
safari

@Tomaji Most smartphone users understand that $20 a month is for the data plan. $20 for 350 MB of data. You can opt for the $40/mo 450 minutes. Your bill would be around $60 plus tax. Give up on the lawyer, you don't have a case.

safari
safari

@JoeDSmith Yes, the 5C is around $45-$50 with the discounts at the retailers the article mentioned. You need to sign a two year contract to purchase the 5C for the $45 price.

Tomaji
Tomaji

@JoeDSmith  you know you don't REALLY get the phone for $99 or $45 or ??? anyway, right?....they phone plans are OUTRAGEOUSLY HIGH, as you are buying the phone on hidden "credit" (they even do a credit check on you). There is NO phone out there worth more than (maybe) $200, including the iPhone....you can buy a laptop for $250...think about it. This is the ONLY reason I went for the $20/month phone plan deal, but it was a CON JOB by AT&T and Best Buy colluding together.

bitsinmotion
bitsinmotion

@JoeDSmith Uh no, genius, it is in fact $45 if you buy it at Walmart, as the article states.

safari
safari

@eagle11772  That's great, sounds like an affordable option. But that phone's operating system is from 2010 and has a 3 MP camera. I am glad it is working out for you, but paying more for an iPhone with the latest technologies is worth it to me. I can understand why your device fits your needs.

JenniSimonis
JenniSimonis

@eagle11772 

I don't think you will find anything cheaper for a single line. You can get it that cheap if it's an add-on line, but not a single line. That's about what we've been paying for my husband's line, but it's the third one on a T-Mobile plan. I get my phone through work, so it made sense to join a plan with family members so that we could all save on our lines.

safari
safari

@Liberals_Suck 95% of all phones including Nokia are made in China, more specifically at the FoxConn factory. This includes the computer or device you are typing your comments on.

joestecco
joestecco

@sjmarcus Exactly and what is corrupt about the way these phone companies work is they build the phone price in to the contract which is fine.  But once the contract is up, the monthly price should drop if you don't buy another new phone.  It's a big scam.

hypnotoad72
hypnotoad72

@monsterocket @Tomaji -

A few years ago, I was at a job center.  A headhunter found a candidate for a good job.  When scheduling a time, the to-be employee whipped out a pencil and paper-based notepad.  The headhunter put his smartphone back into his pocket and denied her the job.

So let's cut the carp about "first world problems" and other trash.  People do not get jobs if they do not have the correct perception, much less equipment.

hypnotoad72
hypnotoad72

@safari @eagle11772 -  it's up to the phone maker to update the OS to the latest version.  And not everybody can upgrade at every single turn, which is what the phone makers (even Apple) want.  The companies exist to profit for themselves.  Not to provide favors to end users, even if it's OS updates that improve security.  Apple's hardware tends to be smaller and grossly underpowered for the price, but to its credit Apple tends to be a little more proactive with security updates.

And given how much iOS v4-7 copied from Android, some of us are giggling over what you define "latest technologies" are.  Even if companies demand people with knowledge of the more recent products...  

SpyTronix
SpyTronix

Get our iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, Android software and know exactly what people are doing on the mobile devices you're paying for...Spy-Tronix. Absolutely priceless - save your marriage, see what the kids are doing, or keep an eye on your employees. Spy-Tronix

clinesmind
clinesmind

@hypnotoad72  Clearly you're one of the millions of morons glued to your phone 24/7. I bet you have velcro sneakers too. Have a nice Tuesday.  

mycatkiggy
mycatkiggy

@safari @Liberals_Suck Yes and they should also be shot and dumped in a landfill for their crimes against animals.  I'll stick with my Nokia WP8.  I won't buy a virus laden Android to save my life. The only problem here is that it appears Apple will have to appeal to the affluent sector they cater to and that it's high end of out of business at some point. The lower class slobs like myself aren't buying a cheap iphone...

joestecco
joestecco

@sjmarcus As well as the monthly price should be less if you buy the phone out right.

EricSwinson
EricSwinson

@hypnotoad72 @monsterocket @Tomaji If the headhunter was looking for candidates for my company I would have fired the headhunter. Your anecdotal tale does nothing except illustrate that people can be biased against one another for trivial things. I know people at the moment who are 100 times more efficient and organized using a simple day planner than their smart phone wielding counterparts. When I am in a meeting with them and they are looking at their books I know they are in fact focused on relevant information and not checking stock quotes, updating facebook or passing rude comments to coworkers via sms. 

caramiamy
caramiamy

@hypnotoad72 That head hunter is a moron.  There could be a million reasons that person doesn't have smart phone - possibly the person just lost a job where he had a corporate phone (why would he go sign a two year contract if he was about to potentially get another job with a corporate phone)...or even more likely, it's easier/quicker to write something down using a pen/paper than enter it into a phone.  I have a smart phone and would have done the same thing to be more prompt with the headhunter.  That person is better off with a more qualified headhunter.

caramiamy
caramiamy

@hypnotoad72 hate to tell you but @safari @Tomaji are correct.  Since and iPhone is a smart phone, there is a data fee - I've had an iphone for two years and yes there is $30 per month for data (through verizon).  If you don't want to pay that fee then don't use a smart phone.  I will agree that you should have been fully informed when purchasing - so you should go back to the store and argue your case for a full refund.  Whenever I've purchase a cell phone and signed a contract at a verizon store (or radio shack) I had 36 hours to change my mind and return the phone.  Unsure of the situation where you bought yours but you should give it a try.

safari
safari

@hypnotoad72 @safari @eagle11772

The Android Samsung Intercept with slide-out keyboard I mentioned is not capable of Android's latest updates.

So tell me hypnotoad72, how is the latest Android OS more advanced than iOS 7?

safari
safari

@mycatkiggy @safari @Liberals_Suck 

You've got it wrong, again more generalizations, many individuals purchase iPhones. I'm a teacher, do you really think I'm rich or affluent? I would never call the iPhone cheap. I have dropped the 4S without a case several times on tile and there was not any major damage (if any). You do not have to be rich to buy an iPhone. The 5S is $200 and the 5C is $50 with a contract. 

joseheinert1
joseheinert1

@joestecco @BoS @sjmarcus       It is somewhat NAIVE, to say the least, to think that corporations should provide you with discounts for ANY reason, logical though it may seem to the customer.  Corporations exist to make a PROFIT for their owners, the shareholders, not to do favors for those who purchase their products or services.  If you don't realize this you must be living in fantasyland.  I suggest you adapt to reality so you won't feel "cheated" or "defrauded" by the manner in which the capitalist system functions.  You might also start considering whether or not you are being paid what you SHOUD be earning. Do you assume that your employer will do the "nice thing" and give you a raise every year just because?  If you accept that corporate FACT then you should not be upset about overpriced cell phone plans.  Of course, you can avoid being exploited by simply NOT buying their products.

joestecco
joestecco

@BoS @joestecco @sjmarcus Agreed, but if you keep the old phone, since the pricing structure of your monthly payment has the partial price of the phone built in for those years during the contract, the monthly price should drop once the contract is up.  They don't offer cheaper contracts if you own your own phone as far as I know.  Unless I am mistaking.

BoS
BoS

@joestecco @sjmarcus I agree with the original post that the phone is really 545 but after the 2 year contract you can opt to not renew the contract and keep your old phone. Human nature dictates otherwise and so the cycle begins.