Poll: Readers Underwhelmed by New iPhones
Readers are much more likely to hold on to their phones than they are to splash the cash on new 5C and 5S iPhones this Friday, according to a Light Reading poll.
We asked last week if you'll be rushing out to spend $99 to buy a new plastic iPhone 5C on contract when they arrive in stores Sept. 20. Only 49 out of 830 respondents -- fewer than 6 percent -- said they'll be in line for the 5C tomorrow morning. Forty-two more say they will be waiting for the reviews of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s cheaper smartphone before digging into their wallet or purse. (See: 5 Things to Spend $99 on Instead of an iPhone 5C.)
Nearly 15 percent of you will be spending more on the higher-end 5S model as it arrives in stores, and 119 respondents said that they'll be spending $399 -- with a contract -- for the 64GB gold-colored iPhone 5S. (Classy.)
Nonetheless, the largest portion of respondents said that they are not rushing to pick up a new iPhone this time out; 331 said they'll be sticking with your current phone, thank you very much. (See: Apple Underwhelms in China, Too.)
We'll start to get an idea of how well this survey maps to actual sales figures tomorrow, when the 4G LTE-capable phones go on sale in the US and 10 other countries. (See: Apple's New iPhones Pack in LTE Bands.)
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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading