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Smartphones For All: Affordable Phones Hit the Market

Apple, recognizing that its premium iPhone 5 was too expensive for many pocketbooks, unveiled the iPhone 5C, a polycarbonate-backed smartphone that's $100 less than the top-the-line iPhone. At $100 for 16GB (on contract, of course), Apple is hoping to attract a broader base of users.

The 5C also comes with more LTE bands than ever, which is evidence of another growing trend: global compatibility. The new phone can now use fast data speeds in more places around the world, a sign that Apple is looking to grab hold of an international market.

Motorola announced the Moto G, a modestly priced marvel that costs only $179 for an unlocked phone without a contract. It has competitive specs (4.5 display, 1280 x 720p, Snapdragon 400 quad core processor) and is available now in Brazil and select parts of Europe. The phone is set to arrive in the US, India, Middle East, and select Asian countries in early 2014.