Don't buy the iPhone 7 – if you are an American in Turkey!
by Luis D. / May 04, 2017, 7:39 PM
Nice things don't always have to cost much money, but they usually do. The iPhone 7 is no exception – it's an expensive handset, but one you enjoy having. And if the price you paid for it gets put in perspective against what people in some other countries are paying, you might enjoy it an extra bit more!
Deutsche Bank pinpointed Turkey as the place where you'll have to plunk down the equivalent of $1210 US dollars to buy a 128GB iPhone 7. Suddenly, $815 for the same model in the US seems like a fair deal, no? Unfortunately, the price in Turkey is driven by factors like political instability and the US dollar's appreciation against global currencies – particularly the Turkish lira. So this price inflation is a very unfortunate side effect of the world going its own mysterious way.
price and value are entirely different conceptsBrazil, formerly the land of expensive iPhones, is now second in the ranklist. Apple's flagship only costs $1115 over there. And after it come Russia ($1086), Greece ($1028), and Poland ($1005). Japan and the United States are last in the list.
The complete ranking is available in this .pdf file, together with many other intriguing pieces of data. For example, hair stylists in Norway charge used to charge $82 for a men's haircut, before something happened and the price fell to $48 in the course of three years. Perhaps Norwegian men sternly protested all that time, walking around with hair down to their ankles until local barbers got to their senses!
source: FineNews.ch (.pdf) via AppAdvice
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Regardless if it is an iPhone or not, I don't think any average person should spend $1000 on a smartphone.
posted on May 04, 2017, 7:58 PM 5
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Yeah I agree. $1,000 for a phone does seem excessive when phones with comparable specs are half the price. But there is an old saying that applies well for Apple buyers, "A fool and his money are soon parted."
posted on May 04, 2017, 8:13 PM 3
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Complaining about the cost of the iPhone? the S8+ costs $1350, it's bloody ridiculous to buy a phone here, I don't even know why people aren't complaining about how expensive the S8 is here
posted on May 05, 2017, 1:33 AM 0
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First of all the S8+ doesn't cost $1350 in Turkey. The price dropped to 4499TRY from 4999TRY before its launch. With the latest exchange rates it's 1267USD. Secondly you should compare its price with the iPhone 7 Plus, not with the smaller one. i7+ costs 1253USD for 32GB, 1394USD for 128GB and 1535USD for 256GB. So i7+ is slightly cheaper than S8+, but with half the internal storage (not to mention external storage option) and significantly smaller screen by area. Remember screen size and storage are the two features Apple defines how an iPhone is more premium comparison to another iPhone. Lastly, people are complaining about the price of the S8 as I see.
posted on May 05, 2017, 5:17 AM 0
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