The iPhone 6 price is a hot topic with consumers looking for the cost for phones with and without a contract.
Both the regular iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit stores on Friday, September 19.
The prices with two-year contracts start at $199 (regular) and $299 (Plus) with 16 GB. For the jump to 64 GB, the price jumps to $299 and $399; for the jump to 128 GB, the price jumps to $399 and $499.
Contract-free phones, sometimes referred to “unlocked” phones are also being offered, primarily through T-Mobile.
The 16 GB contract-free phone is going for $649, with a $100 jump to the next GB tier.
The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $749, with the same $100 GB jump.
Verizon is selling a contract-free iPhone 6 starting at $650 and a contract-free iPhone 6 Plus for $750. Spring is offering the same prices.
ZDNet notes that the costs are solely for obtaining the phone and don’t include things like activation fees and other charges. With those factored in, the blog calculates that the regular iPhone 6 with a two-year-contract actually costs:
$560 to $800 for AT&T, $470 to $830 for Verizon, $680 to $920 for Sprint, and $660 for T-Mobile.
For all carriers, the so-called “true cost” for an unlocked phone starts at $650.
In the United Kingdom, the iPhone 6 starts at £539, increasing to £619 for the 64 GB model and to £699 for the 128 GB model, reported Mac World.
The iPhone 6 Plus starts at £619, increasing to £699 for the 64 GB model and £789 for the 128 GB model.
All prices are for unlocked phones.
Two-year contracts are being offered by carriers such as EE, which is selling the phone starting at £99 with monthly costs not factored in, reported the Daily Mirror.
Vodafone is offering a free phone on a £53.50 monthly cost, and includes 6 months of netflix, and 2 years of either Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile.
Tesco is offering a free phone and at least 3 GB of data in a range of deals, while O2 is also offering a free phone with a two-year, £53 a month plan.
See an Associated Press update below.
In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, the iPhone 6, at left, and iPhone 6 plus are shown next to each other during a new product release in Cupertino, Calif. Apple’s new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year’s model and a leading Android phone, a study says. Apple’s iPhone 6, whose screen measures 4.7 inches, did the best across a variety of tests that measures how prone smartphones are to break due to every day accidents, SquareTrade, a company that provides extended protection plans, says. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Study: Apple’s new iPhones score big in durability
NEW YORK—Apple’s new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year’s model and a leading Android phone, a study says.
Apple’s iPhone 6, whose screen measures 4.7 inches, did the best across a variety of tests that measures how prone smartphones are to break due to everyday accidents, according to SquareTrade, a company that provides extended protection plans.
The iPhone Plus 6, whose screen measures 5.5 inches, wasn’t far behind but lost points because it could slip out of a person’s hand since some users may have a hard time gripping its large but slim form, SquareTrade says.
The iPhone 5s, which measures 4 inches and came out last year, fared better than Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which measures 5.1 inches. The Samsung phone got poor marks on several tests including the slide test. The more a phone slides, the greater its chance of falling off the edge of a table.
Still, all four of the smartphones tested had a medium risk of breakage and had no drastic differences among them.
“The phones are getting more and more durable,” says Ty Shay, chief marketing officer at SquareTrade. “Manufacturers are paying more attention.”
SquareTrade examines the phones based on eight factors, including size, weight, grip and the quality of the front and back panels. The company measured how far the phones slide when pushed across a table on their backs and how well they withstand drops from 4 feet and being dunked in water for 10 seconds.
SquareTrade says it uses robots to do the testing to ensure consistency, and rates the phones on a 10-point durability scale, with 10 signifying the highest risk. Apple’s iPhone 6 scored the best at 4; theiPhone 6 Plus scored a 5; the iPhone 5s a 6; and Samsung Galaxy S5 a 6.5.
Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus passed the slide test, but the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy’s S5 got poor marks in that area. The iPhone 6 Plus was the only one that didn’t fare as well when dropped 4 feet by the robot. The glass screen survived, but the case separated from the glass. All four phones fared well in the water resistance test.
SquareTrade provided The Associated Press with the results ahead of Monday’s announcement.
Aside from larger screens, the new Apple iPhones 6 and 6 Plus announced this month promises faster performance and offers a wireless chip for making credit card payments at stores by holding the phone near the payment terminal. The phones start at $199 with a two-year service contact. The newiPhones initially were available this month in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. Availability is expanding to more than 20 additional countries.