Apple iPhone 5 is a hot seller on the Gaza Strip

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.

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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42 Comments

1. raphael007

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 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

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

30. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

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

31. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 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!

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

27. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 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

3. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 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!

17. takay0

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

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

35. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

33. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

sounds like a galaxy s III.

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.

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Well... I heard they needed bricks.

8. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 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.

20. takay0

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

well said my friend

23. OIUY1

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

........

39. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

9. zheking

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

12. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

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

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

lol +1 for you again

57. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

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

86. Mohamed_Abdulkareem

Posts: 45; Member since: May 15, 2012

Israel is a pure terrorist evil country.

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