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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.)

In the meantime, vote in our latest poll and help pick an entrant or two for the Leading Lights Hall of Fame.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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albreznick 9/23/2013 | 5:31:35 PM
Re: iPhone Upgrades Ah, the Leafs, who last won a Stanley Cup in 1967, before many of our readers were born. Not a great time to be a Toronto sports fan.  So events like the launch of the new iPhones are welcome distractions to the populace here. 
mendyk 9/23/2013 | 10:30:12 AM
Re: What do we know, anyway? And the share price instantly jumps by 20 bucks. AAPL can still count on the fanboys and fangirls for a quick hit of fortune.
TeleWRTRLiz 9/23/2013 | 10:16:36 AM
What do we know, anyway? Apple iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c set a new record: 9 million sales in first weekend. 
jhodgesk1s 9/21/2013 | 11:10:35 AM
Re: iPhone Upgrades Agreed, but the reverse is also true when talking about the Leafs vs the Devils.
mendyk 9/21/2013 | 8:16:43 AM
Re: iPhone Upgrades Yes, Toronto -- where the boast about having seats on the 50-yard line is just a little less meaningful than it is south of the border.
albreznick 9/20/2013 | 5:45:58 PM
Re: iPhone Upgrades Believe it or not, Toronto does have streets. They just put them in last year. Makes it a lot easier for the dog sleds to speed by. And all the little igloos look really neat lined up on them. 
mendyk 9/20/2013 | 10:58:15 AM
Re: iPhone Upgrades You have actual streets up there, Alan?
albreznick 9/19/2013 | 6:04:35 PM
Re: iPhone Upgrades Have fun then. I love those man on the street reports. If I lived closer to the Apple stores here, I'd do it too.
DanJones 9/19/2013 | 5:47:28 PM
Re: iPhone Upgrades Sure*

 

 

 

 

 

 

*If it's not raining of course.
albreznick 9/19/2013 | 5:34:53 PM
Re: iPhone Upgrades So, Dan, will you be running around town tonight monitoring the lines outside stores for the new iPhones? We wait with bated breath up here in Toronto. :) 
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