For my friends in the U.S., listen up! Within a week, Apple will be shipping both its newest gadgets to spring out in the market. You can now pre-order the rather psychadelic iPhone 5c, but in the meantime, to help you decide what to buy, IGN.com gives you a nice head up and a pretty essential guide on the latest offering from Apple — iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S.
HOW TO BUY an iPhone 5C
The iPhone 5C doesn’t just offer an alternative to the standard iPhone line in regards to its five different hues; it’s also a more economical option if you’re willing to sign a new two-year mobile carrier contract. You have more than a few options when it comes to making your purchase. The online Apple Store is of course accepting pre-orders right now, and your device should arrive around September 20th. For prospective owners in the US, you can select from AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, and pick a storage option.
The 16GB iPhone 5C will cost you $99, while the 32GB model is priced at $199. Those prices are pretty much the same no matter where you choose to purchase your iPhone 5C on-contract, including directly from carriers like AT&T and retail stores like Best Buy. Walmart, however, is offering $20 off the iPhone 5C on a first-come, first-served basis.
Another option is giving up the subsidized price associated with a new two-year contract and just buying an unlocked iPhone 5C. Granted, the savings aren’t so appealing. An unlocked device–which you use through T-Mobile fairly easily–starts at $549 for a 16GB iPhone 5C, and $649 for a 32GB model.
For those that prefer to go the in-store route, you can either order a device online and pick it up at your local Apple store at 8am on launch day, or just wait in line. Store hours for other retailers will vary.
HOW TO BUY an iPhone 5S
Many of the same options are available to those who want Apple’s new flagship smartphone, but unlike the iPhone 5C, Apple isn’t offering pre-orders for the iPhone 5S. Instead, users can place an order from Apple’s online store at midnight on September 20th and pick it from their local Apple store in the morning. More patient consumers can wait for an at-home delivery. Then, of course, there’s the old-fashioned way: go wait in line. Lines will likely be forming several hours before store open on Friday, especially in more populated areas. Third-party retailers may also be offering similar queuing options.
A 16GB iPhone 5S starts at $199 on-contract. The 32GB and 64GB models are $299 and $399, respectively. Just like the iPhone 5C, the prices are more or less set for the iPhone 5S, regardless of whether you buy from a carrier like Verizon or from Apple directly. But again, Walmart is offering a slight discount; albeit only $10 off on the iPhone 5S. Other retailers may also be shaving off a few extra dollars, so keep an eye out for local promotions.
Alternatively, there’s also the unlocked route which doesn’t require a two-year contract. The unsubsidized iPhone 5S starts at $649 for 16GB of storage, while a 32GB model costs $749. And if you’re really in need of a lot of space, the 64GB iPhone 5C will run you $849. Your best bet for picking up an unlocked device is probably through T-Mobile or directly through Apple.