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Start queueing now for iPhone 5s

After my last post about whether the new iPhone 5s was worth buying or not, I joked about people queuing up to buy it. It’s not something I would do, but there are others who are more desperate to get their hands on the new phone.

It seems some people really do have too much time on their hands these days. Can someone just find them a job please?

Here’s the original Sky new item…

iPhone 5S Sale Queue Starts Four Days Early

New iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s – worth an upgrade?

So I hear the big news today that the new iPhones are on their way. Will you be one queuing up outside the nearest Apple iStore?

I already have a tent, a nice 2-person affair which I can put up easily by myself. I have to say that I will not be one to be camping outside my local iStore. But I’m sure there will be others who are happy to queue for hours, ready to buy their shiny new iPhone at midnight of whatever day it is released.

So far, I have read that it will have a fingerprint reader to avoid the passcode screen. Does that mean someone will have to take your finger as well as your phone when it gets stolen? Apart from the funky colours for the 5c and obviously faster processor, what more will this phone be able to do?

The thing is that it’s the apps that make the phone. Steve Jobs had this insight at the time he brought out the iPhone, hence the creation of iTunes App Store. Everything bought through Apple ensures they get a cut of everyone’s efforts in developing and creating on their hardware.

Expected prices are $99 for an iPhone 5c on a contract, or the iPhone 5s for probably double. This should translate to £99 for an iPhone 5c or £199 for the iPhone 5s on contract if we are lucky.

Mobile phone contracts in the UK will usually mean a 2 year affair costing £35 up to get these sort of prices on the handset.

My view, as always with mobile phones is buy the outgoing model soon after release. It will save you hundreds for the duration of the contract, and will not get dumped by Apple too quickly.

Would love to hear what you guys think, so please leave a comment.