Apple launches 8GB iPhone 5C for £429

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GADGET DESIGNER Apple has announced an 8GB version of its iPhone 5C that has gone on sale priced at £429 SIM-free.

Apple silently announced the cheaper iPhone 5C model overnight on Monday, likely in order to boost sales of the plastic iPhone model, which has reportedly been outsold by the iPhone 5C three to one in the UK. All of the other specifications of the 16GB and 32GB models remain unchanged, and the 8GB model is available in all of the same colour options.

Apple iPhone 5C with iOS 7 Copyright Apple

The 8GB iPhone 5C is available to order now in the UK, where it has been priced at £429, £40 cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 5C. It's still not the cheapest iPhone on offer at the Apple website however, with the 8GB iPhone 4S still available for £349.

O2 is offering the 8GB iPhone 5C model. On the O2 website, the handset is available from £28 a month with a £49.99 upfront cost, a tariff that comes with unlimited texts and minutes and 500GB of monthly 4G data.

EE is also listing the 8GB iPhone 5C on its website, but has yet to reveal pricing details. However, it told The INQUIRER that for a limited time it will be available for £99 on an £18.99 per month 4G plan.

It's still unclear whether Three and Vodafone will offer the 8GB iPhone 5C handset.

As well as launching a cheaper iPhone 5C model, Apple has also discontinued its second-generation iPad, replacing it with the newer Retina display model. This is available now for £329. µ

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