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Photos : What the $99 Apple iPhone Could Look Like

The current Apple iPhone has a suggested retail price of $199 in the United States with customers in the UK getting the Jesus Phone for free on contracts starting as little as £35 per month.

But according to the latest rumours, Monday could see the launch of a cheaper $99 iPhone to cater for a more mainstream audience and increase Apple's userbase.

Commonly known as the iPhone Mini or Nano, its existence has never been verified. We did say previously that we were not expecting an iPhone Nano in 2009. The Daily Mail, back in April 2008, was the first to report about the possibility of an iPhone Nano launching.

A $100 model would translate, on this side of the Atlantic, into a much cheaper monthly contract outlay, probably falling under £25 a month.

This combined, with the fact that Apple might rescind or fail to review existing exclusivity contracts with mobile phone networks, could leave to a massive leap in the number of iPhone users worldwide. So how could the iPhone look like.

You can trust Chinese manufacturers to come up with some kind of fakes. Take for example the diminutive Mini iPhone+ from Solomobi; clearly a fake, it comes with the standard Apple User Interface, the same trademark physical chassis design and even the iPhone name with the Apple Logo.

Available for $115 without any contracts, it comes with the ability to store two SIM cards, a 2.6-inch touchscreen capable of displaying 240x320 pixels and the possibility to add an 8GB microSD card.

The pictures below speak for themselves and indicate one thing; a 2.6-inch iPhone Nano model would look great.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.