Sunday 19 September 2021

The New iPhone And The New iPhone

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This just in from Apple, the iPhone 5C and 5S have now a price will go on sale (in the U.S.) on September 20.

For the 5C, the price for an un-locked or SIM free is US$549 for the 16GB version and US$649 for the 32GB. For units with a service plan with At&t, Sprint or verizon, the 16GB sells for US$99 and the 32GB for US$199.

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For the 5S, pricing with a plan is US$199 for the 16GB, uS$299 for the 32GB and US$399 for the 64GB. Unlocked and contract-free is $649, US$749 and US$849, for the 16, 32 and 64 respectively.

Apple also has the 4S with a US$0 cost with a plan or US$450 for unlocked and contract-free

Apple makes a distinction of “unlocked and contract free” for the 5S and “SIM-Free” for the 5C.

According to Apple, the “unlocked and contract free” models come with a T-Mobile, it will arrive with a nano-SIM card already installed that you can activate by visiting an Apple Retail Store or a T-Mobile store or by calling T-Mobile. With the SIM-free iPhone you will need to purchase a GSM-compatible nano-SIM card separately from a local carrier.

Apple is already taking “pre-orders” on its website.

For use in Costa Rica, and for who can’t wait until November expected delivery date, the SIM-free unit is the best option.

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The idea of Apple is to market the 5C to markets outside the United States, where many local carriers, such as in Costa Rica cannot sell a locked phone.

In Costa Rica, Kolbi (ICE), Movistar and Claro will try to sell you a phone at a discounted price with a plan, but all will also sell you the phone only at a much higher price.

Purchasing at the Apple store and shipping it to Costa Rica will mean the added cost of shipping, 13% Costa Rica sales tax and any other customs fees that may apply and associated with the import.

If the trend continues as it did with the iPhone 5 and iPads, pricing in Costa Rica will not be much higher than the US price. In the case of the iPad Mini, for instance, the pricing difference was only US$50 more at the Apple authorized stores.

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