From Moscow to New York: how long do we have to work for an iPhone X?

The analysts from investment banking juggernaut UBS did a fun little research the other day, trying to gauge income disparity across the world with the common denominator of... an iPhone X

More specifically, they calculated how many hours people have to work to get Apple's latest and greatest phone in many different countries, and the results are pretty breathtaking in some places.

The Swiss have it best, as the average worker in Zurich has to bust their chops for only five days on average to get the $999 iPhone X, while the average salaried individual in Lagos, Nigeria, will have to duke it out with life's important choices for 133 days, before they scrape a grand together. 

New Yorkers have it well, though, with 7 days tops, while a capital dweller in Beijing has to work about a month for an iPhone X. People in Moscow have to extend that month of work into five weeks of cubicle heroics to get the goods, while most of Western Europe can get it for only a week or two. 

No wonder that the top Chinese brands, which currently represent the best value for money in the smartphone industry, are all the rage in developing, and even middle-income countries - the streets of Marrakech are littered with little Oppo or Vivo shops, and Israel has splashy billboards along its highways declaring Xiaomi a wise purchase. 

The average city salaries across 15 professions in were taken for the study's methodology, so rich kids aren't in the mix.

source: UBS

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Bjorn

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Copenhagen, 3 days.

2. Bjorn

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Then we pay 45% in taxes, but that’s ok since there is plenty of services that we don’t have to pay for.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I'm actually surprised at Dubai, I thought everybody is filthy rich over there.

6. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Dont believe everthing you see on TV, only goverment official is show off thier wealth, the average people still have end up bottom of the pile.

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Most of those rich guy you see there is just tourists, or doing some business trip. Average salary you see here mostly come from construction and hotel workers.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17505; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Is this before or after taxes, benefits, etc...?

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And assuming you won't buy or even eat anything in that time period, lol...

23. acme64

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

thank you cpt obvious

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And I thought The iPhone X has been discontinued? What's going on? Am I drunk? Is it a dream? Or perhaps; a hallucination? Am I in heaven? What about hell? Wait... [Stares at the empty beer bottles] Never mind! G'Day!

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1992; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

7 days in New York City? But then you have to pay $3k/mo for a 200 sq ft apartment with no window.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Who needs a window when you have AR

13. libra89

Posts: 2333; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Haha you are wrong for your comment. Good one though.

8. KingSam

Posts: 1515; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

For me in Jamaica that's 32 at US prices. At Jamaican prices with 45% import fees lol rip.

10. Omarc07

Posts: 588; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

They should have added that new LG phone exclusive for At&t is 900 something almost 1000 bucks, and that's here in the US , I can imagine if they release it worldwide it's gonna be about the same as an iPhone x in price in other countries.

11. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 199; Member since: May 03, 2012

I don't have even have to work a day. Only because I wouldn't waste my money on that overpriced ass phone

12. olayaya unregistered

funny but good research; where is my country Ethiopia? with tax iPhone X in Ethiopia ranges from 35,000 Birr to 45,000 Birr, so that, in regular forex rate a $1 is 27.22 cents. so, in average income per year here is about $700 ! just calculat the rest to get iPhone X in my country! much?????? I think it's wise buy Chinese phone even if iPhone is made in China!

14. Poptart2828

Posts: 495; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

wouldn't waste one day off my life working towards any apple device. I'll take it for free though.

15. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 118; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Here in egypt a doctor's salary is 110 $ a month and it is sold here for 1100 $ so a doctor needs 10 months to get an iphone x if he saved his salary and that's impossible LOL

16. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

where is Brazil??? here its $2000+ for a 256 iPhone X

17. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

We wait for the sequel this time next year but it will be X Plus or whatever it's called

18. yalokiy

Posts: 1123; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Wow, Hong Kong is ahead of London & Munich!

19. Serious85

Posts: 19; Member since: May 23, 2017

Hungary..... 1400-1620$ for an iPhone X But only to earn 1000$ took almost 2 months as an average. Pathetic

22. acme64

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

wait, the iphone doesn't cost the same in every market, is this taken into account?

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