Apple To Sell Smaller iPhone For $200 Off Contract?

Posted in iPhone on 11/02/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler

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According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a smaller and cheaper version of the iPhone for direct sale without carrier involvement.  The new iPhone will reportedly be dual-mode (for use on any network), and be loaded with similar components as to those used in the current iPhone 4.  iPhone Nano anyone?

This phone will be in addition to an upcoming iPhone 5 this summer, and is said to be in direct response to the Android platform’s many inexpensive phones.  Perhaps most interesting of all, the report also indicates that Apple is releasing a universal SIM card which would allow users to jump from network to network quickly and easily.

Personally, I’m gonna place this in the “not gonna happen” category.  It’s unlike Apple to cheapen and water down their technology just to keep pace with the industry.  Plus, an iPhone that’s a third smaller would be annoying and uncomfortable to use.  But that’s just me – We wanna know what you think!  Would you use such a device?  Do you think Apple is likely to make such a move?  Sound off in the comments!

Bloomberg


  • I think people will save there money for the iphone five; but parents may buy for desperate children. I agree though; I doubt it will happen. Very unlikely.

  • late_boy

    Look Like Neonode N2 ……………..

  • jasonmartin03

    Looks like fail…Looks like Bloomberg trying to drive down stock price.

  • lara

    I think is a great idea. A lot of people who can't afford an iphone4 will buy this cheaper version.

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he’s up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor’s house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.