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09-06-2013, 03:09 AM #1
Vodafone Germany Said to Discontinue 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 and 16GB iPhone 4S
It has been recently discovered by German site Flo’s Weblog that Vodafone Germany has plans to discontinue several models of existing iPhones with the release of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. According to an internal email, the 32 GB and 64 GB iPhone 5 in both black and white will be discontinued along with the black/white 16 GB iPhone 4S. This confirms an inventory leak from Canadian carrier, Telus, which also suggested that Apple would discontinue the higher end iPhone 5 models. Both carrier leaks indicate that Apple’s upcoming product lineup will consist of the flagship iPhone 5S, the low-cost iPhone “5C,” and the 16 GB iPhone 5.
The Cupertino California company’s lineup has been in question over the past several months and it has been unclear whether the iPhone 5C will serve as a replacement for the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S. The cost of the iPhone 5C also remains unknown but speculation has suggested that the phone, which is said to use many of the same parts as the existing iPhone 5, may not be truly low-cost, making the inclusion of the lower-priced iPhone 4S a necessity.
A recent note from KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, indicated that Apple would discontinue the iPhone 5 in favor of the iPhone 5C while continuing to sell the iPhone 4S through the end of the year, but the information from Vodafone Germany contradicts this theory. As of right now, it’s unclear where the iPhone 5 will fit into Apple’s iPhone line in terms of price. Estimates have suggested that the iPhone 5C will retail for $400 to $500 off-contract and it is likely that the iPhone 5 would have a similar price tag. The iPhone 4S though could be priced below the iPhone 5C if it remains in the product lineup.
Apple plans to unveil both the iPhone 5S and 5C during a September 10 iPhone event. The phones are expected to ship to a number of countries shortly thereafter on September 20.
Source: Flo’s Weblog via Google Translate