Cellcom, nTelos, C Spire, GCI, Cricket Communications, and Appalachian Wireless will begin selling the device on Friday, September 28. (Photo : RCR Wireless)
Apple's recent win against Samsung has had many industry analysts speculating on the future of the mobile market. Android phone makers are on edge now, and a potential ban on even more Samsung devices has many believing that Apple's iPhone will be relatively uncontested in the market. This has some reports predicting that there could be a bump in the iPhone 5 price.
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So far, Apple hasn't even officially confirmed the existence of the iPhone 5, let alone its price. The only inklings we have so far are past iPhone prices and a Twitter rumor that claimed the next-gen iPhone would be $800. That price is ludicrous for a phone with a two-year contract, and with Sprint and Apple discounting the iPhone 4S, there's a good chance the lower-end iPhone 5 will fill in the $199 price slot previously held by the 16GB iPhone 4S.
Still, some reports from the internet think that Apple will take advantage of their lawsuit victory to raise the price of the next-gen iPhone. The verdict is sure to put many phone makers on edge, as there are still plenty of patent infringements playing out across the world. The U.S. ruling is sure to have an impact on their decisions.
But this doesn't mean that Apple is suddenly going to raise the price on its iPhones. The $199 price range has become an industry battleground, with Samsung adopting the price tag for the biggest iPhone competitor on the market, the Galaxy S3. The Galaxy S3 is not included in the devices that Apple wants banned, although Apple is seeking a ban on the device in a trial set to begin in 2014.
So this means that the Galaxy S3, among many other popular Samsung phones will stay on the market. Apple has set a $199 precedent, and along with the fact that it would be a blatant slap in the face to its consumers to simply raise prices after having rudely escorted its competitor out the door, there is little reason to believe the iPhone 5 will be priced differently. There may be more models to choose from with more price options, but the standard $199 with a two-year contract for the model with the least memory is the most likely iPhone 5 pricing scenario.