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Have a more colourful life with the iPhone 5C

If you’re considering getting a new iPhone you now have two choices – the iPhone 5C or the iPhone 5S. The 5C was developed as a ‘budget’ iPhone and comes in a range of bright colours, with a plastic shell, rather than the metal finish of the iPhone 5S. Before you make the decision which iPhone to buy, why not take a few minute to read our handy guide to the iPhone 5C to see if it could be the right choice for you?

What’s in it for me?

The iPhone 5C comes in a range of vibrant colours so you can express your personality or just choose your favourite shade. You can choose from pink, green, blue, yellow or white, and you’ll find a wide range of accessories designed to complement your new phone, whichever colour you choose. But if you’re shopping for a new iPhone 5C, what do you need to know? Here are some of the key facts:

• Features an 8MP iSight camera

• 4-inch Retina display

• iOS 7

• Ultra-fast wireless

• A6 chip

The iPhone 5C has all the features of the iPhone 5, with a few added extras. If you’re tired of boring black and white iPhones, then it’s definitely a great choice.

Where to buy

When shopping for your new iPhone 5C, it’s important to compare deals online. You’ll probably be looking for a monthly contract, to avoid having to pay for the phone upfront – although you could purchase an iPhone 5C outright for around £469 for a 16GB model. It’s usually cheaper to take out a monthly contract, but how do you decide which network to go for? Use a comparison site such as uSwitch.com to compare available deals – here are some of the things you’ll need to think about:

• What will you use your iPhone 5C for (texting, talking, internet)?

• What monthly allowances do you need for texts, chat and data?

• Do you have a preferred network (for example, one that friends and family are on)?

• What’s your monthly budget?

• How long a contract would you like? This can vary from 12 months to 24 months, so always read the small print!

It’s usually a good idea to opt for a network that at least some of your friends or family members are on, as this can reduce call costs (for example, Orange provide a service called ‘Magic Numbers’ where you can specify other numbers on Orange that you can call for free!) and texting costs.

Once you’ve spotted a couple of great deals on a comparison site, it’s a good idea to go to the network’s website, where you can read about the deal in more detail – you’ll be able to see the colour options for the iPhone 5C too; be aware that not all colours will be available with all contracts.