John Paczkowski

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iPhone 5c Is Cheap in China if You Want It to Be

At 4,488 yuan — about $730 — the off-contract price of Apple’s new iPhone 5c may well be too heady for China, the world’s most populous mobile phone market. But the carriers distributing the device there are offering plenty of on-contract plans that pare its price down to a more appealing level.

Peruse iPhone 5c rate cards from China Telecom and China Unicom as Apple 2.0 did, and you’ll find that both carriers are offering significant subsidies on the device for customers who want them. Indeed, China Unicom and China Telecom each have a few free-with-contract plans for the 5c.

Now admittedly, purchasing the iPhone 5c without any upfront costs from either of those carriers requires signing up for lengthy 24-month or 36-month plans with charges that might be off-putting to price-sensitive consumers. But the opportunity is there for those who are interested in it.

And early indications are that there’s a fair bit of interest. China Unicom said it has already received more than 100,000 online reservations for the iPhone 5c and 5s since it began accepting them last week.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus