Just in the nick of time, AT&T has unveiled its iPhone 5c & 5s pricing, both for a 2-year contract and the company's 'Next' service. For the most part, the pricing seen here is expected, although a mention of the 4S being available under contract for $0.99 does contrast a bit with the "FREE" mention on Apple's own site - though we'd expect this to be some sort of processing fee, and at $1, few are likely to complain.
At $199, you can choose between the 5c 32GB or 5s 16GB, which is a bit of an interesting toss-up. There's a little more to this match-up than storage versus performance, though, as the 5c might attract some people more than the 5s thanks to its colorful styling.
AT&T's 'Next' service, which allows you to forego a downpayment and then upgrade after a year, continues to be a little nichey thanks to its rather high pricing. The 5s 16GB, for example, will cost you a total of $384 over the course of the year. After that year, you'll give the phone back, and then move over to a new plan with a newer phone. Should you want to keep the phone after the first year, you can continue on for eight more months at the current pricing and own it outright
Next might be expensive, but at least it opens up the possibility of leasing a phone for those who want it. If you want to take advantage of any of this pricing, you can begin pre-ordering today. Phones are expected to ship out on the 20th.
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