The iPhone 5c, which is going to dethrone the currently-reigning iPhone 5 as its more than capable successor, has just gone on pre-order in US, UK, Australia, China, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and should you wish to be amongst the first ones to get your hands on Apple’s colorful new hardware, you can place your orders right now for delivery starting Sept. 20.
iPhone 5c will be sold by Apple as a replacement for its iPhone 5, which has been discontinued past the announcement this Tuesday. The device will be available alongside iPhone 5s, the new king of the iPhone arena, and the two-year old iPhone 4s, which Apple will continue to make money from for probably another year before letting the curtain fall on that one.
The pre-orders, which have started today, will see the iPhone 5c being sold at $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB version, on a two-year contract with either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. Should you wish to get your hands on the contract-free version of the device, you’ll be required to cough up a rather hefty $549 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB variant will set you back by $649 for carrier unlocked device. In both scenarios, available color options include white, pink, yellow, blue and green, much like Nokia’s Lumia lineup, and a first for iPhone.
A T-Mobile variant of the iPhone 5c is also available for pre-order, and will ship with a T-Mobile SIM card. It seems like a no-brainer, but Apple makes a very specific, official mention of that on its Store.
The convenience of pre-order saves you from standing in long queues outside your favorite Apple Retail Stores on Sept. 20 when the device actually starts shipping. As always, iPhone 5c comes packaged with Apple EarPods, lightning to USB cable and a compatible power adapter. The device also carries one year limited warranty.
For a quick recap, the recently announced iPhone 5c features a dual-core A6 chip similar to what was found in iPhone 5. It features more LTE bands than its predecessor, and boasts an 8 megapixel iSight camera. Display stands at retina resolution, while screen size is the same as iPhone 5 at four inches, color options are multiple, with the tradeoff being the plastic build rather than the elegant aluminum casing of iPhone 5.