With the iPhone 4 still selling like hotcakes at the top end of the smartphone line-up, Apple’s not exactly been rushing to invade the bargain bins and mid-range tiers, where margins are often lower. But that could be about to change: a new report claims an iPhone costing as little as £200 will go on sale this year.
According to BGR founder Jonathan Geller, who has quite the track record with inside scoops, as well as the odd epic misfire, Apple will this year be launching an iPhone that will cost no more than $350 (£270) on Pay As You Go. Given how aggressively networks subsidise phones on Pay As You Go in the UK, it coulc be that this low price iPhone will cost even less.
We’re salivating at the propect of a Retina Display for next to nothing, but as Geller goes on to suggest this is far more likely to be the iPhone 3GS, a now two-year old phone.
Of course, that could still prove a tremendous bargain: it has most of the software features of the iPhone 4 still, and currently still costs a whopping £428 unlocked on Apple’s UK online store, and new models aren;t going for much less on eBay UK either. But would you buy one? Even with Apple’s focus on top notch software, rather than hardware alone, would you still want to invest in a phone that’s seen the moon turn more than 24 times already?
Let us know in the comments. Would you prefer the ZTE Skate instead?