The iPhone 5C is essentially the same phone as the iPhone 5 in the specs department. The main difference is the cheap guys have colorful plastic backs rather than aluminum. And off-contract, it's not such budget device at $550 for 16GB and $650 for 32GB. Preorders for the iPhone 5C start this Friday, and the device ships a week later. So if you buy a 5C on day one, you should have it in your hands by the following Friday, September 20.
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