iPhone 5 notes: Price drop, Virgin Mobile and new Samsung Galaxy S4 contender
Apple’s iPhone 5 is getting cheaper ahead of the rumored iPhone 5S launch next quarter alongside the new iOS 7 mobile operating system update. Plus, a new wireless carrier in United States will retail the flagship Apple smartphone starting this month with unlimited service.
And in the midst of the iPhone 5′s market coverage expansion and price drops, Samsung mobile introduced a new Galaxy lineup including the cheaper and much smaller Galaxy S4.
Virgin Mobile bags iPhone 5, will start selling on the 28th.
Prepaid carrier Virgin Mobile is the latest to bag the iPhone 5, and as reported by Los Angeles Times, the carrier will start selling the 4-incher iPhone on the 28th of June for $30 with unlimited services.
Similar to other variants, the iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 6 mobile operating system out of the box, but the Virgin Mobile iPhone 5 will also receive the iOS 7 mobile OS update later this year.
Walmart cuts iPhone 5 price.
And ahead of the iPhone 5S release, and surrounded by popular Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, yet another retailer drops price of the iPhone 5 on contract. Keep in mind that similar to the Best Buy offer, the new Walmart iPhone 5 price drop requires contract agreement.
Walmart said its iPhone 5 price drop on contract is permanent, and aside from the flagship Apple handset, its predecessor is also discounted, the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 with 16GB on contract with Walmart is now $130, $60 nudge from its previous price. For the smaller iPhone 4S with 16GB storage, Walmart will charge customers $40 with service agreement.
Samsung competes with iPhone 5 by adding new Galaxy S4 variants.
According to data from analysts, the Samsung Galaxy S4 with quad-core processor and 5-inch 1080p display is the biggest “rival” of the iPhone 5. Available on all major US carriers, the iPhone 5 remain as the top phone based on sales, but Samsung Galaxy S4 is reportedly catching up and remained the best-selling Android-based smartphone in the country.
Expanding its market coverage, Samsung unveiled last week the smaller version of the Galaxy S4, the so-called “Galaxy S4 Mini” with smaller display and with the latest version of Android Jelly Bean and Samsung’s custom launcher, the TouchWiz UX.
The handset with 4.3-inch qHD display, dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, 8-megapixel primary camera and support for Long Term Evolution will reportedly join the AT&T network this year with cheaper price tag on and off-contract.
Apart from the Galaxy S4 Mini, Samsung also unveiled the first DSLR Android device, the Samsung Galaxy NX, and the point-and-shoot and Samsung Galaxy S3 love-child, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.
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