There is a catch, of course, but the conditions were reportedly not that hard to meet.
The condition is available from AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., and Sprint Corp. New customers who sign up for a two-year contract can get the iPhone 5S for just US$ 99 without a trade-in or free with a trade-in for either an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.
Apple has not given any word about this promotion, but the company is surely not equating its top-of-the-line iPhone with a clam-shell feature phone. RadioShack Corp. Will most probably pay Apple’s full price for an iPhone and latter will most probably prefer the deal because it an image thing for Apple.
There are several speculations about the release date, but majority of tech site suggests that the iPhone 6 will come out in September 2014.
What is the motive, if there is any, for RadioShack to do this? The company’s struggles are well-known; it posted a huge loss in the December 2013 quarter and analysts expect losses as far as the eye can see. Could it be that by clearing its inventory of iPhones, RadioShack is planning not to sell them anymore? Could it be that the only option left to save the company is to dump the Apple products?
Shedding the iPhone – and probably the iPad – is not likely to be a big loss for RadioShack, and it's almost certain to be no skin off Apple’s nose. Still, this is the first time that an iPhone 5S has been available for free and probably the first time the top-of-the-line Apple iPhone has ever been given away by any vendor.
One blogger posted this observation:
I spoke to someone who lives in one of those big, square states out west, and who owned an iPhone 4S. He drove 300 miles round-trip to get the free iPhone 5S, which is only available from corporate-owned stores, not the franchised store just around the corner. The store clerk told him he was just the second customer to take advantage of the offer and that he had to take the 5S in silver because that’s all the store had left. Being a practical sort, this was not a deal-breaker.