iPhone 4 Low-cost Model Set For Asia Trip, Apple Ropes in Sprint to Carry iPhone 5

August 25, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As you are aware, there are tons of speculation and rumors surrounding Apple’s iPhone 5. To digress from that a little, let us tell you something about Apple’s plans to introduce a low-cost version of the iPhone 4 specifically for the Asian markets.

Asian suppliers are said to have started manufacturing a low cost version of the iPhone 4, with an 8GB flash drive.

It has been discovered that Apple might want to push into the emerging market segment, where customers want to switch to low- to mid-range smartphones from high-end feature phones, which usually cost between $150 and $200.

However, Apple has not commented on this, and so we are still not sure as to which supplier the company is working with.

Apple currently sources their flash drive from Toshiba and Samsung – though both have declined to comment.

The 16GB and 32GB versions of iPhone 4 were launched first in June 2010.

The budget version is expected to come out along with the fifth generation iPhone.

Both China Mobile and China Telecom are thought to be interested in offering the cut-price model.

And now, back to the iPhone 5, we hear Apple has roped in Sprint, the number-three mobile carrier in the US for the upcoming model.

Sprint is expected to begin selling the iPhone 5 by mid-October, along with the rivals Verizon and AT&T. That is slightly later than the touted date of a September launch.

Sprint is likely to offer the same version of the iPhone 5, akin to what Verizon Wireless will carry. The deal with Apple would help boost Sprint’s current iPhone-less business. And it leaves you with the liberty of choice.

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