The iPhone 5C sold more units than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus combined in November, as the much maligned plastic phone proves to be a huge sleeper hit.
uSwitch sold over six times as many iPhone 5C handsets as the iPhone 6 Plus during the period. The 14-month-old handset also sold 30% more units than the iPhone 6 in the same timeframe.
The handset’s success follows early criticism of its polycarbonate construction, after years of lavishly put together iPhones fashioned from glass and aluminium.
Apple apostles also carped that the spec sheet wasn’t much changed from the iPhone 5 that preceded it, but swapped that phone’s premium build for something less deluxe.
Months of rumours claiming that the 5C was set to be the fabled cheap iPhone and could come in at as little as £250 also contributed to its initial chilly reception.
In reality, the phone’s asking price at launch was a distinctly premium-to-mid-range £469.
That equated to monthly contract prices that meant the phone remained out the reach of cost-conscious consumers who’ve previously been pushed into the willing arms of Android.
For months after it’s release, it was claimed that the higher-priced iPhone 5C was outselling the iPhone 5S by a margin of three to one.
The iPhone 5C’s change of fortunes has been fuelled by substantial price cuts, which means it now actually has a claim to the 'cheap iPhone' of legend.