Apple has started taking pre-orders for its new iPhone 5C handset, which was announced earlier this week.

The colourful, plastic device has the same internals and camera as the previous generation iPhone 5, but is offered at a lower cost on a variety of contracts.

The iPhone 5C will be released on September 20 alongside the higher-end iPhone 5S, which has a built-in fingerprint scanner, a 64-bit processor and an improved camera.

The 5C is available unlocked on Apple's website starting at £469 (16GB) and rising to £549 (32GB). It comes in five colours - grey, yellow, blue, red and green.

The phone can also be pre-ordered for 'free' on a two-year contract via Carphone Warehouse, and many of the UK's major network operators.

The 5S will start at £549 unlocked for the 16GB model, rising to £709 for the 64GB. It is not being made available for pre-order in the UK, but will also be cheaper if purchased with a contract.

Cnet UK has a useful breakdown of some of the best deals on offer.

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  • Apple Introduces New Two New iPhone Models At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Phil Schiller speaks about the new iPhone 5S during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched two new iPhone models that will run iOS 7. The 5C is made from a hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in five colors. The 5S comes in three colors and contains an A7 chip. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Introduces New Two New iPhone Models At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Phil Schiller speaks about the new iPhone 5S during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched two new iPhone models that will run iOS 7. The 5C is made from a hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in five colors. The 5S comes in three colors and contains an A7 chip. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about security features of the new iPhone 5S during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched two new iPhone models that will run iOS 7. The 5C is made from a hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in five colors. The 5S features a fingerprint sensor, has an upgraded camera, and contains an A7 chip (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about security features of the new iPhone 5S during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched two new iPhone models that will run iOS 7. The 5C is made from a hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in five colors. The 5S features a fingerprint sensor, has an upgraded camera, and contains an A7 chip (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about security features of the new iPhone 5S during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched two new iPhone models that will run iOS 7. The 5C is made from a hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in five colors. The 5S features a fingerprint sensor, has an upgraded camera, and contains an A7 chip (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5c in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5c in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5c in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5s in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5s in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage about the camera quality during the introduction of the new iPhone 5s in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Donald Mustard, CEO of Epic Games, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5s in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Phil Schiller speaks about the new iPhone 5S during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched two new iPhone models that will run iOS 7. The 5C is made from a hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in five colors. The 5S comes in three colors and contains an A7 chip. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Phil Schiller speaks about the new iPhone 5S during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched two new iPhone models that will run iOS 7. The 5C is made from a hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in five colors. The 5S comes in three colors and contains an A7 chip. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Phil Schiller speaks about the new iPhone 5S during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched two new iPhone models that will run iOS 7. The 5C is made from a hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in five colors. The 5S comes in three colors and contains an A7 chip. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Phil Schiller speaks about the new iPhone 5C during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched the new iPhone 5C model that will run iOS 7 is made from hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in various colors. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Phil Schiller speaks about the new iPhone 5C during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched the new iPhone 5C model that will run iOS 7 is made from hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in various colors. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Phil Schiller speaks about the new iPhone 5C during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched the new iPhone 5C model that will run iOS 7 is made from hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in various colors. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Phil Schiller speaks about the new iPhone 5C during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company launched the new iPhone 5C model that will run iOS 7 is made from hard-coated polycarbonate and comes in various colors. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks about iOS 7 on stage during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to launch at least one new iPhone model. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks about iOS 7 on stage during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to launch at least one new iPhone model. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks about iOS 7 on stage during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to launch at least one new iPhone model. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks about iOS 7 on stage during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to launch at least one new iPhone model. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks about iOS 7 on stage during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to launch at least one new iPhone model. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to launch at least one new iPhone model. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to launch at least one new iPhone model. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Apple Expected To Introduce New iPhone At Product Launch

    CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to launch at least one new iPhone model. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Members of the media and Apple employees wait outside Apple headquarters before a new product announcement on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • An unidentified Apple employee, in yellow, waits to assist members of the media before a new product announcement at Apple headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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  • A journalist takes a photo of Apple's new plastic iPhone during a media event held in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. For the first time since introducing the device that has reshaped technology and culture, Apple will offer two distinct versions of its latest iPhones - a cheaper model made of colorful plastic and another one that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" with a faster processor, fancier camera and fingerprint scanner for better security. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • A journalist takes pictures of the new plastic iPhones during a media event held in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. For the first time since introducing the device that has reshaped technology and culture, Apple will offer two distinct versions of its latest iPhones - a cheaper model made of colorful plastic and another one that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" with a faster processor, fancier camera and fingerprint scanner for better security. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • Members of the media review the new iPhone 5c during a new product announcement at Apple headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Cupertino, Calif. Apple’s latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, one made of plastic and the other that aims to be “the gold standard of smartphones” and reads your fingerprint.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Members of the media review the new iPhone 5c and 5s during a new product announcement at Apple headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Cupertino, Calif. Apple’s latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, one made of plastic and the other that aims to be “the gold standard of smartphones” and reads your fingerprint.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Members of the media review the new iPhone 5c during a new product announcement at Apple headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Cupertino, Calif. Apple’s latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, one made of plastic and the other that aims to be “the gold standard of smartphones” and reads your fingerprint.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Members of the media review the new iPhone 5c and 5s during a new product announcement at Apple headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Cupertino, Calif. Apple’s latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, one made of plastic and the other that aims to be “the gold standard of smartphones” and reads your fingerprint.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)