20 more countries launch the Apple iPhone 4S
highest priced units are in Brazil where the 16GB model goes for the equivalent of $1,410 USD. The 32GB and 64GB variants of the iPhone 4S go for $1,628 USD and $1,845 USD respectively. People in countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates are offered the phone from Apple directly online. Pricing is more in line with what is seen in the States. In those aforementioned countries, the Apple iPhone 4S costs around $700/$800/$900 for the 16GB/32GB and 64GB models in those markets, respectively. Pricing for unlocked, contract-free Apple iPhone 4S models in the U.S. weighs in at $649/$749/$849.
source: MacRumors via BGR
2. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
And there was a 700 people line in one of the stores.
People can say many things about the iPhone. But IMHO no phone is worth a 10 hour wait or 1410 dollars.
Can you guys believe the first guy on the line compared the feeling to winning a swimming highschool state championship? He waited 10 hours in line WITH his mom and she helped him pay since he didn't have enough money.
3. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
That was a 10 hour wait to try Siri for 1410 $... And not actually use it as it doesn't understand their language :-/
Apple should request to be registered as a genuine religious community. Apple is God. That's the only explanation i have for such blind faith and worship.
4. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Is the only explanation?... wow... ask the Harry potters.. the Twilights.. the Star Wars of the world.. ok... and you will find your answer....
7. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
So you are comparing Siri with Harry Potters, Twiligts and Star Wars? Seriously? She is not that entertaining...
10. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
Nope you don't understand it. lukasound.
"Apple is God -> only explanation for blind faith and worship." (What does this has to do with siri, siri-ously?)
Gallito is talking about look at so many fans waiting for the last Harry potter film, twilight and the Star wars fans. It's not blind faith and worship. Ask those people for example why are they wanna be at the premiere of Harry Potter? Because they love the movies and books? yeap.
12. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Yep. That's true. But loving so much something to the point of doing such extreme things isn't almost as worshipping?
We, regular fans would just wait a couple of weeks and buy without too much hassle.
Man, did I feel stupid and angry to stand in line since 6 am to buy an iPad 2 for my brother in my last trip to USA.
At least now he wants the gtab 7.7, after owning a GSII.
15. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
I don't know but I don't got that problem in my country. But it still is very populair. I don't have to wait that long to queue for a device.
I think most people are jealous that people are queueing for apple products instead of androids for so long. And then those people talk about they know why they queue that long: it are apple fan boys who have blind faith.
Not really if you just got an ipad 2 then it doesn't mean you're a fanboy. But yeah i agree their products are pretty populair.
18. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Some people are jealous? Most certainly. Most people? I don't think so.
Everyone in my circle of friends and family, Apple and non-Apple users, agree that it is kind of crazy and depressing. We joke a lot about it.
I think it's just sad that waiting in line for hours and buying an overpriced iPhone (the 1400$ one, I'm not generalizing) can be a highlight of someone's life, to even compare it to winning a swimming medal.
This world is turning upside down.
19. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
I had to get the SGS2 on the first day it got here in June... I didn't have to wait in line, but i understand the excitement about technology, even a product that is not cutting edge technology but is dear to you (like Apple stuff), but i was talking about the upgrade from 4 to 4S(iri). Someone would stand in line for 10 hours and spend all their savings on a ridiculous Siri app... And it even looks like it will be ported to iPhone 4...
As there are no games for the dual core A5 yet (ios doesn't need it), and the camera is not such a huge upgrade, i consider Siri to be the reason those people are standing in line...
22. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
You cannot know the reason why all those people want to queue to get one of the best phones. They all have different opinions why they wanna switch from i3g, i3gs, i4, or another phone to the i4s.
Sure there will be people that do this only because of siri. But not all of them. Unless you can read people thoughts. We're all people and we got different reasons, opinions and other stuff. just accept that. srr
20. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
gallito, for many people Apple has taken the place of organized religion. They have had many studies that have shown that apple ignites the same areas in the brain as a devout religious person in ceremony. And yes, there are definitely people from the potter, twilight, star wars camp that fit in that category too. But there is no other electronics company that gets such blind fanaticism. I think its safe to say we have a few of those religious apple fanatics on the boards.
23. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
I don't know remix. Religion is one of the reasons why people hate apple. Yes I agree that there are people who're blind fanatic and yes on both sides. And that those apple fanatics make a religion of it. "oh god, apple invented multitouch". We both know this isn't true. But that apple is almost a religion doesn't mean, you shouldn't buy their devices. But yeah from a certain point of view other things looks like a religion also.
26. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol, im not talking PoV, im talking scientific evidence. :)
i dont dislike apple for their products, i dislike them for their business practices and their culture of smug hypocrisy. there isnt anything wrong with the products themselves.
28. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
maybe, first it's not a reason to dislike apple (many people do) second that doesn't mean everyone who goes to an apple store is an apple fanatic who thinks it's a religion. But I'm sure other people can have this to about other products.
31. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol, i never said "everyone". But there is a much higher instance of it with apple than with any other brand. There are always fanatics. its probably similar to sports junkies n such. like someone who decorates their house in their team colors, gets painted up for games, and tailgates for hours.
But again, its more so with apple than with any other brand.. by far.
5. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
I agree this is overpriced.
But why is it overpriced?
The handsets are most likely made in China and imported into Brazil, and the country applies very high taxes to imported electronics thus, the unavoidable price hikes.
Apple is working on it.
Once the iPhones “Made in Brazil” begin to ship, Brazilians should see those sky-high price points drop.
For the brazilian PA readers I should say: just wait.
9. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
The prices will drop but I can guarantee not that much. Taxes here are high even for non imported products. A car assembled in Brazil still costs more than twice than the same model made in Europe or USA.
I usually buy electronics when I visit USA on vacation or have someone I know bring to me. Almost everyone I know goes there to make some shopping.
Another example is our Big Mac. If I'm not mistaken we have the most expensive Big Mac (yep the sandwich) in the world. While China's is the cheapest. And Apple stuff is still very expensive in China.
13. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
Believe it or not the prices in Brazil will drop. Once the iPhones "made in Brazil" begin to ship. This means that the iPhone will be made in Brazil so they're not so depenting on the high taxes and to import it at high prices. Maybe the iPhone is still expensive in China, but of course there will be other reasons.
My comment was for the Brazilian PA readers (if they exist).
14. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I'm from Brazil. Can you believe that made in Brazil stuff is cheaper in our neighbour country Paraguai?
Yep. Our taxes are that high.
17. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Thank you for having a civilized discussion!
6. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 266; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)
I used to work for the company that released the iPhone in Bahrain, here is a link:
as for the packages, if you would convert the prices to USD from BHD, it is going to be as the following:
when picking up the device you pay (8GB with a 1 year contract and for the 18 months contract you get the device for free): 132$
and with the iPhone you will get a package which offers: 26.6$ worth of voice calls (each min costs 0.05 cents), and 2GB worth of data
And for the whole package you will be paying 66.5$ a month, and package can be changed after the contract expires
11. helder (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Yeah, it´s waay to much. But, just so you know, here in Brasil you can buy the 4S in a carrier store without contract for US$1025. It´s still expensive, though
21. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you would think if you were really in braZil, you would at least spell your country right.
24. Juan_Gomez (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
you spell it brasil when you speak Portuguese
27. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol, really?? I did not know that. My faux pas :)
30. robinrisk (unregistered)
yup, in spanish is brasil too.
French is bresil and italian brasile.
I believe all latin-derived languages use the S.
32. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wow.. learn something new every day. . cool :)
29. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
America rules. ,, Apple ? ? don't think so , greedy
33. tilian (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2011)
I just love Apple because thei are not like samsung ,tring to sell more and more phones.
1 week ago i won a free copy of iphone 4s from tinyurl(.)com/d52defz if I remember correctly, the contest is sponsored by apple,the wall street jurnal,NBC,Yahoo finance and more...