Ben Lovejoy Suggests That The Cheap iPhone Will Become The New 'Free' Option


We don’t yet know what the plastic iPhone will cost, but we’ve seen numbers ranging from an exceedingly unlikely $99 to a high-end estimate of $349-99 range. Even if it’s at the top end of that range, it’s going to be on par with the 4S. Any carrier subsidy that allows them to offer a free 4S would allow them to offer a free plastic iPhone instead.

I think this makes a lot of sense. It also simplifies the product lineup considerably, removing 3.5inch displays and 30-pin connectors from the iPhone range, which is beneficial to Apple and the developer community.