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IPhone 5c Up On QVC

Started 1383690773.563 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1384063226.34 by sjmplus1
I just saw that QVC has the iPhone 5c 32gb with accessories on QVC.com for $1,119.96 with an unlocked SIM card. This phone is available elsewhere for $199. What am I missing? Is it the unlocked SIM card? Why is this phone more than $900 higher? I keep thinking it an error in the pricing. Any ideas? E274999

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IndyShopper1383692012.57244 PostsRegistered 10/30/2013

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IndyShopper1383692151.76244 PostsRegistered 10/30/2013

Oh...I see it now. The unlocked 5C is $649 and I'm guessing they're adding in the price of the accessories?

mammacitta1383692579.32723 PostsRegistered 11/3/2012
So it is the unlocked SIM that makes it more expensive than if you just went into an AT&T or Verizon store and purchased one. I didn't understand that. Thanks so much for the clarification!!

ChynnaBlue1383692581.554553 PostsRegistered 5/22/2012

That's the price of the iPhone without a carrier contract (unlocked SIM card.) When you buy a phone AND a contract, you get a huge discount. The 32gb iPhone 5C on another site is $199 with a contract and $649 without a contract. That comes with the phone, earpods, and a power cord. It does not include a case or anything else.The QVC bundle offers a car charger, a case, and some other extras that are absolutely not worth another $470.

mammacitta1383693324.223 PostsRegistered 11/3/2012
I totally agree. The bundled offers are never worth it on any of the Apple products. Most people end up paying an extra 300 to 400 dollars, or in this case 470 dollars, for the EZ Pay. Not worth it to me.

mammacitta1383693546.9223 PostsRegistered 11/3/2012
One more question. If you get an unlocked phone, do you still have to sign up with a service provider and sign up for a 2-year contract to activate the phone and obtain service? I have always gotten a new phone when my contract was up after 2 years, signed up for another 2 years, and gotten the reduced price on the phone.

IndyShopper1383693889.217244 PostsRegistered 10/30/2013
On 11/5/2013 mammacitta said: One more question. If you get an unlocked phone, do you still have to sign up with a service provider and sign up for a 2-year contract to activate the phone and obtain service? I have always gotten a new phone when my contract was up after 2 years, signed up for another 2 years, and gotten the reduced price on the phone.

A provider has to activate it and provide service but you don't have to sign a contract. And you can choose whatever provider you want (that services iPhones).

mammacitta1383694912.7623 PostsRegistered 11/3/2012
Thanks

nutmeg31383695228.664555 PostsRegistered 6/18/2007NJ
On 11/5/2013 IndyShopper said:
On 11/5/2013 mammacitta said: One more question. If you get an unlocked phone, do you still have to sign up with a service provider and sign up for a 2-year contract to activate the phone and obtain service? I have always gotten a new phone when my contract was up after 2 years, signed up for another 2 years, and gotten the reduced price on the phone.

A provider has to activate it and provide service but you don't have to sign a contract. And you can choose whatever provider you want (that services iPhones).

This phone will only work with T Mobile or AT&T. If you are going to use those two netwoks, it would be cheaper to buy a phone under contract.

ChynnaBlue1383696251.2974553 PostsRegistered 5/22/2012
On 11/5/2013 nutmeg3 said:
On 11/5/2013 IndyShopper said:
On 11/5/2013 mammacitta said: One more question. If you get an unlocked phone, do you still have to sign up with a service provider and sign up for a 2-year contract to activate the phone and obtain service? I have always gotten a new phone when my contract was up after 2 years, signed up for another 2 years, and gotten the reduced price on the phone.

A provider has to activate it and provide service but you don't have to sign a contract. And you can choose whatever provider you want (that services iPhones).

This phone will only work with T Mobile or AT&T. If you are going to use those two netwoks, it would be cheaper to buy a phone under contract.

Yeah, I really can't imagine why anyone would buy this. If someone wants an easy pay option and no contract, the T-Mobile contract-free option is better. Anyone buying this is either not very savvy or knows some secret I don't. For this price, I would want an Apple Genius to make a home visit and set up iTunes and my phone for me.

mammacitta1383698584.11323 PostsRegistered 11/3/2012
Not for me, either. No way would I spend $650 for a phone, let alone $1,119. I will take the contract, pay $200, and get the 5s instead of the 5c. I swore it was a pricing mistake/typo. Just can't even imagine.

glb6131383733217.96710767 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 11/5/2013 ChynnaBlue said:

That's the price of the iPhone without a carrier contract (unlocked SIM card.) When you buy a phone AND a contract, you get a huge discount. The 32gb iPhone 5C on another site is $199 with a contract and $649 without a contract. That comes with the phone, earpods, and a power cord. It does not include a case or anything else.The QVC bundle offers a car charger, a case, and some other extras that are absolutely not worth another $470.

Not really. The contract includes the real price of the phone that is stretched out over the 2 years. With a cellular contract, you don't have to pay the $600+ up front.

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WIlliam Jo­seph1383937501.83173 PostsRegistered 1/10/2013
On 11/6/2013 glb613 said:
On 11/5/2013 ChynnaBlue said:

That's the price of the iPhone without a carrier contract (unlocked SIM card.) When you buy a phone AND a contract, you get a huge discount. The 32gb iPhone 5C on another site is $199 with a contract and $649 without a contract. That comes with the phone, earpods, and a power cord. It does not include a case or anything else.The QVC bundle offers a car charger, a case, and some other extras that are absolutely not worth another $470.

Not really. The contract includes the real price of the phone that is stretched out over the 2 years. With a cellular contract, you don't have to pay the $600+ up front.

Yup this is why you are now seeing all the carriers switch over to pay money down on a phone and pay it monthly along with the service fees.

sjmplus11384062710.76105 PostsRegistered 5/10/2006

There are a bunch of points here.

The iPhone IS NOT 199. This is where so many of you are confused. That is the subsidized price if you sign a 2 year contract with Verizon, ATT, Sprint. And that is a price for a 16gb version. The iPhone 5S is actually 649 if you had to buy it at full price or the 5C is 549. The phone on QVC is an UNLOCKED (no contract - not tied into a carrier) and is 32GB (not 16gb) so the price of the 5S phone alone starts at $749 while the 32gb of the 5C is 649 and it looks like thats what QVC Is offering.

You may want to research unlocked phones. But for example you could buy this and use it on Tmobile without signing a contract, or you could use it on a prepaid plan like Straight Talk. The description actually explains that.

But the price still seems quite ridiculous as usual. I don't see how they get to that price with the accessories they're offering. Theres no way a case, a car charger and some earbuds are going to cost $500

sjmplus11384062948.627105 PostsRegistered 5/10/2006

Whats scary is when you see presentations on Apple products with these accessories, you can tell how uninformed the viewers are. I listen to some of the callers about how excited they are about their great value. You know they havent taken five seconds to go online and see what the prices really are. The hosts foster this, and I know its their business but it always disgusts me when they take advantage of people who are not tech savvy. Its the entire marketing strategy - the same way they say congratulations when you make a purchase. Does the clerk at Macys congratulate you for giving them $200 for a dress? Don't think so. Or when they say its great to meet you when they take a phone call? Do you say that when you talk to someone on the phone? Of course not. But they want you to think they're your friends and sadly millions of people think so. They don't realize that the host says positive things about everything. Today the iDevice is the best thing; next week its the Kindle , then its the Android…then its the Dell, then its the Mac, then its the HP…Then its whatever shoe or coat or frozen cake is the best ever.

sjmplus11384063226.34105 PostsRegistered 5/10/2006
On 11/6/2013 glb613 said:
On 11/5/2013 ChynnaBlue said:

That's the price of the iPhone without a carrier contract (unlocked SIM card.) When you buy a phone AND a contract, you get a huge discount. The 32gb iPhone 5C on another site is $199 with a contract and $649 without a contract. That comes with the phone, earpods, and a power cord. It does not include a case or anything else.The QVC bundle offers a car charger, a case, and some other extras that are absolutely not worth another $470.

Not really. The contract includes the real price of the phone that is stretched out over the 2 years. With a cellular contract, you don't have to pay the $600+ up front.

Actually often when buying the phones on contract, you're paying A LOT more for that device over the 2 years. The carriers aren't being nice. They give you a slight discount on the device so you think you're saving money & then they raise their rates so high and force you into a 2 year contract so they make that money back and more. ITs one reason Tmobile has tried to change things by splitting the cost of the phone and the monthly rate. If you own your phone or have paid it off and don't want a new one, your rate plan is lower. On ATT or Verizon, for example, if you want to keep your phone after 2 years, its not like they're going to reduce your monthly rate. On Tmobile you could get unlimited data for $70 (even if you were paying a $20 phone payment - it would be 90$ for unlimited data where VZ would get you 1gb or maybe 2gb on ATT)

Thats why a phone like the Nexus 5 gets a lot of attention. You can buy it directly UNLOCKED from Google Play Store for only 349 fora 16gb phone (vs 649 for the ipHone). When you think about subsidized phones are 200, you're only paying $150 more. Then take it to Tmobile or a prepaid like Straight Talk and you're going to be saving money in a few months. Ive been using Straight Talk for a year now and pay only $45 a month (46 after tax)…I have an older Nexus phone and may get the new Nexus. Straight Talk now offers 2.5 LTE data on ATT which otherwise would cost me $100…So its worth it

On Tmobile, you have to price it out but for many peole it saves them a lot of money - it just depends on whether the coverage is good in the locations you are in most

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