So you want the new iPhone 5 but the cost is too high? Apple, losing market share to cheaper Android phones, plans to offer new options to families on a budget.
The Wall Street Journal reports Apple will soon release a lower-end iPhone, with a plastic shell instead of the current aluminum and glass casing.
It will reportedly have some other budget parts inside to keep the costs down.
The current iPhone 5 retails for $600 without a contract, or $199 with a two-year contract, requiring monthly payments of at least $60 at most carriers.
The Journal says Apple's market share is falling because of the high cost of the iPhone, when many Android phones are $100 or less with a contract.
Prepaid iPhone 5 Coming to Walmart
That's a big discount compared with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, and best of all is a month-to-month plan with no contract.
Walmart already sells the iPhone 5, but with a contract.
The one catch with this: buyers will have to pay the full $600 cost of the Phone 5. Walmart will also offer a cheaper iPhone 4, at $400 with the prepaid option.
Apple Fighting Off Competition
Just a couple of years ago, discount iPhones would have been unheard of as it sold premium products at a premium price.
But the Journal says Apple's market share of smartphone sales worldwide has now fallen to 15 percent from 23 percent just a couple of years ago, as Samsung and other manufacturers increase their share.
So look for more discounts in the future, so you don't waste your money.
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