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Apple iPhone 5 is a hot seller on the Gaza Strip

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Apple iPhone 5 is a hot seller on the Gaza Strip
Priced at double its cost in the United States, the Apple iPhone 5 has become a hot seller on the Gaza Strip. The device reaches the area via the use of smuggling tunnels and is available in the Strip before it will arrive this December in Israel, known as the high-tech mecca in the Middle East. The Apple iPhone 5 is actually considered contraband in the Gaza Strip as both Israel and Egypt try to block entry into the area of anything that can be used for military purposes.

"I ordered 30 and I've sold 20 so far. We can order as many as we want. But most people are waiting for the price to go down. They're pretty expensive."-Apple iPhone 5 dealer in the Gaza Strip
The Apple iPhone 5 has been seen in the Gaza Strip for about two weeks and three mobile stores in the area have the handset on sale. The 16GB version was priced at 4,500 Israeli shekels ($1,170USD) while the 64GB model was priced at 5,700 Israeli shekels ($1,480 USD). That compares with off contract pricing at $650 and $850 for the 16GB and 64GB models, respectively, in the states. One dealer, who had ordered 30 Apple iPhone 5 units and had sold 20 of them, said that most people are waiting for the price to drop since current prices are expensive. That there are any buyers in the region at all at those prices is amazing considering the weak economy in an area of the world that requests and receives aid. Then again, that might not seem so unusual in an area of the world where it seems that people would rather miss eating for a week in order to afford the latest hot smartphone.

Moving to a totally un-related story from the Middle East, it turns out that Apple Maps has done it again. Israel's Maariv newspaper last week reported that the new Apple mapping application for iOS 6 incorrectly does not list Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the built-in World Clock app shows Jerusalem as a city that doesn't belong to a country.

source: Reuters

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posted on 15 Oct 2012, 13:13 11

1. raphael007 (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


nonsense, that is all that it is, I wonder what they will feel like once they realized it is the same apple iphone 4s in a different casing.....SMH

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 15:01 2

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 10288; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If The casing is different then it's not the same Einstein

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 16:36 3

30. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


It's a much superior phone to anything else out there. Even Google failed and made poor copies of it.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 16:48 2

31. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


Omg your right!!! Its totally the same. Cant believe nobody noticed that! Im gonna list my iPhone 4S as an iPhone 5 on ebay for $1000!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 13:31 6

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


"the new Apple mapping application for iOS 6 incorrectly does not list Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the built-in World Clock app shows Jerusalem as a city that doesn't belong to a country."
so much for apple maps lol

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 15:57 1

27. muhsen (Posts: 243; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


again that's not apple's fault,that's the same case in nokia maps and google maps. just head to ur maps app (google or nokia;whatever handset u use) and u'll find that's the norm so stop making buzz out of nothing
btw i am not a pro apple or an apple fan and never owned an apple device,not a macbook not an ipod not an iphone not an ipad
all i use and used is symbian and android currently 603 and galaxy s3!
but right is right, so it must be mentioned

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 01:16 3

41. Mohamed_Abdulkareem (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Apple is right simply because Jerusalem was occupied by Israel in 1967. and it is the capital of free Palestine. read the history first.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 13:36 3

3. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Cool. This is a country that is constantly on the brink of invasion/full out war/nuclear holocaust, but at least they have iphones!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 15:01

17. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


umm bascly you speak without knowlegg... i know gazza just lil more than you.. they live fine in gaza...

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 19:48 4

35. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


If by 'fine' you mean they have adapted to daily violence and racism, then yeah I guess they are.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 21:43

37. ibap (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


You are swallowing too much Palestinian propaganda. There are some living in very poor situations, but the ones skimming the aid are doing very well for themselves.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:04 1

50. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


you right they is placeds that they are very poor... and there is places they are very rich... the beach in gazza is amazing.. there is an university is gazza.. like every where there is rich places and poor

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 13:39 10

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1309; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Because iPhones have a property to explode they can be used as frag grenades too

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 17:46

33. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


sounds like a galaxy s III.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 13:40 6

5. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


one of the dealer had sold 20 out of 30 iphones. lol title of this article sounds more like sarcasm by calling ip5 a hot seller.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 13:44 1

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Well... I heard they needed bricks.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 13:48 7

8. Insignificant (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Never thought that phonearena was a propaganda site for Israel too, implying that the people of Gaza are fairly well off if they can afford even more overpriced iPhones than usual.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 15:06 4

20. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


well said my friend

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 15:28 2

23. OIUY1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


........

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 21:46

39. ibap (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Yep, the ones skimming the aid and keeping it for themselves are doing very well indeed. Not only that, it must be making them stupid to pay this much for this phone.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 13:52 2

9. zheking (Posts: 28; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


My friend just bought his from Dubai it was 32 gb for 1600 $

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 14:04 1

10. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


not surprise by this.. if you dont have an iphone.. well you dont have an iphone... for some people thismeans alot..

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 14:43 2

12. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


by some people you mean yourself, taco and darkjeddi lol .. just kiddin..

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 14:53 1

15. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


that made me laugh because I imagine all 3 of us in line waiting happily for the iphone and just improved my Monday.. cool...

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 14:54

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


lol +1 for you again

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 13:22 2

57. aahmed215 (Posts: 76; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Most countries don't recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Just typical Israelies complaining about facts.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:40

86. Mohamed_Abdulkareem (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Israel is a pure terrorist evil country.

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