Apple quietly launched an 8 GB version of its iPhone 5C earlier this week. This isn’t a widespread launch. Not even close. In fact, by our count, only five countries have the new, lower capacity iPhone 5C, and the UK is one of them. So, where can you get it? Well, Apple itself is selling the device for £429, which is £40 cheaper than the 16 GB model but £80 more than the other 8 GB iPhone Apple is selling, the iPhone 4S. Of course, you can also snag the phone on a contract and bring the upfront cost down a bit.
EE has the phone available across a variety of plans. If you want the phone for nothing, the cheapest 4GEE plan you’ll be able to get is £29.99 per month with 500 MB of data, 1000 minutes, and unlimited texts. The cheapest 4GEE Extra plan available with a free handset is £37.99. If you’re willing to pay even a tenner for the phone, you can bring that down to £32.99. Up that to £50 and you’ll bring your plan, which offers 4 GB of data, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and roaming, to £26.99. Check out all of EE’s plans here. T-Mobile and Orange don’t seem to be offering the 8 GB iPhone 5C at the moment, but we’ll update if that changes.
Ah, the one that started it all. It was O2 Germany that let the cat out of the bag regarding the 8GB iPhone 5C on Monday, so it surprised exactly no one when the phone popped up on O2 UK’s website the following day. O2 has just one plan that offers the phone at no cost up front. This is the £43 per month 4G ready plan with 8 GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts. With other plans, you’ll pay anywhere from £20 to £410 for the phone but you’ll have a lower monthly bill and ultimately a lower overall cost by the end of your contract. Check out all of O2’s plans here.
Vodafone is also offering the 8 GB iPhone 5C on a number of its plans. The cheapest plan that gets you the phone for nothing is £37 (3G, 24 months). All of Vodafone’s 24-month 4G plans offer the device for free, no cost up front, while none of the 12-month contracts (3G or 4G) offer the device for free. Check out all of Vodafone’s plans here.
Other than storage, the specs for this model of iPhone 5C are the same as before. It's got the same 4-inch 640x1136 display, a 1.3 GHz dual core CPU, with 1 GB of LPDDR2 RAM, an 8-megapixel camera in the back, a 1.2-megapixel camera up front, and a 1510 mAh battery. The iPhone 5C was first announced last fall, and there's talk that Apple may update the device later this year.