New iPhone 4 costs $187.51 for parts and materials says iSuppli

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New iPhone 4 costs $187.51 for parts and materials says iSuppli
After doing its usual tear down of a new iPhone, analysts at iSuppli estimate that the new iPhone 4 takes $187.51 of parts and materials to make. The company tears down the handset into parts that it can check to gather an idea about the cost of the phone. We are talking about parts and materials only. Things like advertisements, assembly, shipping, patents and licensing do not count. The figure is only a preliminary reading of the 16GB model and a more precise analysis should be out by the end of the week. The figure of $187.51 for the Bill of Materials is slightly less than the $199.00 that AT&T charges for the device assuming a 2 year contract is signed. But don't cry for the Cupertino based firm because at that price, the carrier is subsidizing some of the cost of the phone. Last year, iSuppli figured that the 16GB iPhone 3GS contained parts and materials costing $172.46 and assembly ran $6.50 for a total price to assemble the device at $178.96. An 8GB iPhone 3G back in July of 2008 cost $174.33 for parts, materials and assembly. On the current model, the most expensive part is the display which costs $28.50 followed by a Samsung 16GB Flash memory chip which costs $27. For the complete breakdown, visit the source link.

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source: iSuppli via LATimes

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10 Comments

1. elpuser

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

ha. Wow!

2. Pr0cl1v1ty

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 26, 2008

imagine if they made a iphone that cost them 600$.....

3. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

*cough* BS *cough* ...this is the cost if you were to go out and buy one of each material. now imagine buying over a million of each from the company, they may throw on just a LITTLE discount for you.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

probable, apple paid 99.94 for each phone...plus freight...

5. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

How much does it cost it design the phone, go through months of testing, all the engineers and people behind the product...you idiots don't even have a clue..you sit in your bubble and live your life. THIS IS CALLED CAPITALISM, every company does it....go look up designing anything...its like anything else...it has to go through many many many many test to get approved!

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol... while you are right iphone, the overhead costs per iphone sold become smaller and smaller with every iphone sold. Concidering they sell a bazillion of these things world wide, its still probably 50% or higher total profit margin. Carriers dont get them for 200. they subsidize them down to 200. Its probably closer to 500-550 since the full retail is 600. thats why apples stock is so high, its cuz idiots like you feed them soooo much money. they over charge on everything.

10. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

I'm not an idiot because I have iphone, i paid $200 for my iphone 4. I pay $95 bucks a month for my cell phone plan. I was paying that same shit at verizon. ROOKIE..

6. becazican unregistered

yeah but that much for a phone that has so many problems! damn no wonder apple went with an inferior company like at&t.

7. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Don't be an idiot. Any company would cream their pants at the chance to have the iPhone.

8. becazican unregistered

hova i think you are being the IDIOT. the iphone was a great revolution in the industry but no longer, now its an inferior phone that the company can not even admit has a problem. i love apple but this was not up to their standards that i am use to. name calling on the internet is so brave of you.

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