At 4,488 yuan — about $730 — the off-contract price of Apple’s new iPhone 5c may well be too heady for China, the world’s most populous mobile phone market. But the carriers distributing the device there are offering plenty of on-contract plans that pare its price down to a more appealing level.
Peruse iPhone 5c rate cards from China Telecom and China Unicom as Apple 2.0 did, and you’ll find that both carriers are offering significant subsidies on the device for customers who want them. Indeed, China Unicom and China Telecom each have a few free-with-contract plans for the 5c.
Now admittedly, purchasing the iPhone 5c without any upfront costs from either of those carriers requires singing up for lengthy 24-month or 36-month plans with charges that might be off-putting to price-sensitive consumers. But the opportunity is there for those who are interested in it.