Apple iPhone SE price in Europe is a shock: nearly 40% higher than in the US, starting from €490
posted by Victor H. / Mar 21, 2016, 3:40 PM
While people in the United States are popping champagne bottles over the surprisingly affordable price of the new iPhone SE, tech enthusiasts looking forward to the new small iPhone in Europe are probably in grievance: the price of the iPhone SE in Europe is quite the shock.
The price of the iPhone SE in Europe is set at €490 for the 16GB model, which equates to $550 in U.S. bank notes, or nearly a 40% price premium.
iPhone SE is not all that affordable in EuropeThe 64GB iPhone SE price is set at €590, which translates to $663 U.S. dollars. Compare this to a $500 price for the iPhone SE in the United States, and you'd see that the price premium for this version stands at some 33%.
Now, there is one key factor that you have to keep in mind: this is the price with value-added tax already accounted for, while in the United States, you also do get to pay a state tax that could add up to 8% on top of the MSRP. And the value-added tax burden in Europe is quite high: from 19% in Germany to 25% in Hungary, so the prices of the iPhones will also vary.
Admittedly, higher prices for iPhones in Europe are not news per se: the iPhone 6s price in Germany starts from €745 for the 16GB model, while in the United States the same version costs $650.
At the same time, though, other companies like Samsung don't price their phones at such a premium in Europe. The Galaxy S7 official retail price is around $700 in the United States, and it's €700 in Europe. That's why it's still quite a shock to see such a hefty price premium for the iPhone SE. It's not new in terms of Apple pricing policies, but it still goes against pricing policies of many other companies. And at those higher prices, the iPhone SE might have a tougher competing with Android phones that are priced more proportionately in Europe.
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That sucks. America rocks.
posted on Mar 21, 2016, 3:43 PM 6
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In Canada the iPhone SE starts at $579 for the 16 gb model.
posted on Mar 21, 2016, 3:58 PM 4
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The cut backs have started for this phone, it uses iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s Touch ID sensor, I.e. It's not using the 6s ver, I.e. The testers was easy able to tell it was crap slower when they used the phone, so have they cut back in the HD and the ram or under clocked the a9, we have no idea, tot his thing gets taken to parts by ifixit
posted on Mar 21, 2016, 7:54 PM 1
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"A tiny phone for them tiny hands", I am Donald Drumpf and I approve this message.
posted on Mar 21, 2016, 4:03 PM 32
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Damn what a rip off. If I didn't live in the US I would never buy the iPhone.
posted on Mar 21, 2016, 3:45 PM 16
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you could say same for a cars, gasoline, clothing, food...anyway, your spreading of democracy, colonization and ussage of other countries recorses are giving you easier life. you are not a first, nor last empire that do same.
posted on Mar 21, 2016, 5:25 PM 1
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Not entirely true, if a product is cheaper all around it will be cheaper everywhere even with various different taxes and such, the problem lies if the product is given a special offer in only one region, which would seem to be the case here because taxes aren't going to make that big a difference when the difference on iphone 6s and such doesn't have that great a difference.
posted on Mar 21, 2016, 5:38 PM 2
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I wonder if the amount of corporate regulations in the EU have anything to do with the higher price?
posted on Mar 21, 2016, 3:48 PM 1
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nope....no regulations,just VAT (20-25% depending of country) and inport taxes. plus that Apple do not sell their products directly (they do not have stores, just "aproved partners"), so some sellers must take their share. anyway, at least with Apple, we are getting international guarantee...unlike in case of buying Xiaomi and similar cheneese brands.
posted on Mar 21, 2016, 5:29 PM 4
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