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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ full prices are actually cheaper than expected

Updated Sep 10th, 2014 2:14PM EDT
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus Full Price

Apple on Tuesday unveiled the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, revealing some of its main specs and features and announcing actual release dates and pricing details for both models. The devices will be available for pre-order starting with September 12 in various markets including the U.S., where prices will start at $199 for the 16GB iPhone 6, as long as users ink a new two-year carrier contract.

However, not all buyers will want a new costly agreement with their carriers and will instead look to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus model for full price – luckily for them, Apple has already listed off-contract prices for the devices on its website.

FROM EARLIER: Apple unveils completely redesigned iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Here are the full prices for Apple’s six distinct iPhone 6 version (taking into account storage capacity and screen size only), next to their on-contract prices:

16GB iPhone 6: $649 off-contract or $199 on contract
64GB iPhone 6: $749 off-contract or $299 on contract
128GB iPhone 6: $849 off-contract or $399 on contract

16GB iPhone 6 Plus: $749 off-contract or $299 on contract
64GB iPhone 6 Plus: $849 off-contract or $399 on contract
128GB iPhone 6 Plus: $949 off-contract or $499 on contract

What’s notable is that Apple has kept in place its pricing structure, despite changing storage options and increasing screen size. Last year, the three iPhone 5s versions were priced exactly as the iPhone 6’s three models, although the 2013 device came only in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options.

Strangely though, Apple decided to remove the 32GB model from its iPhone 6 lineup, rather than the 16GB version, which means the off-contract 16GB iPhone 6 has the same price as its predecessor. However, the 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 models are cheaper than their respective iPhone 5s versions.

Apple is still keeping in place two, cheaper, iPhone 5s models, including 16GB ($99 or $549) and 32GB ($149 or $599) versions. Meanwhile, the cheapest iPhone money can buy (at least from Apple) is the iPhone 5c, available only in an 8GB version, which costs $0 with new contracts or $450 full price.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.