Who pays the most for an iPhone? Report breaks down relative pricing around the globe

Who pays the most for an iPhone? Report breaks down relative pricing around the globe
In a perfect world, we'd all pay the same price for the same smartphone – fair's fair, right? But the reality of international financial markets, currency fluctuations, and even variations in demand mean that some smartphone users end up paying comparatively more or less than shoppers in other regions for identical hardware. Short of moving somewhere else, or dealing with the added expense of importing devices from elsewhere, there's not a lot you can do about it. But just because most of us are stuck paying the going rate for phones in our particular neck of the woods doesn't mean we're not curious about what the situation's like abroad, and a new report from Deutsche Bank shows the extent to which iPhone prices vary in nations around the globe.

The figures chart sales of the iPhone 6 over the past couple years, converting local prices to US dollars and showing just how much of a premium users in all these countries end up paying.

While many nations see only a ten- to twenty-percent premium over US sales, there are a few outliers where buying an iPhone becomes an increasingly expensive proposition. In Brazil, for instance, a weak real has kept iPhone prices high, and smartphone fans there pay what works out to about $930 for a phone that would otherwise cost closer to $600 in the States.

Indonesia, Sweden, India, and Italy round out the top-five list of nations where a new iPhone will cost significantly more than in other global markets. Ironically, the lesson seems to be: if you want a good deal on an iPhone, don't buy it in an i-Country.

Have you ever found yourself needing to pick up a new smartphone when traveling internationally and were shocked at what you ended up paying? Share your experience in the comments.

Who pays the most for an iPhone? Report breaks down relative pricing around the globe

source: Business Insider via iClarified

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64 Comments

5. maherk

Posts: 6637; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Where is Lebanon on this list? The 1st 1 months after an iPhone release, you are considered lucky if you got the 16GB variant for $1100. The 6S Plus 128GB was sold for around $1800.

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Lebanon is -1

19. Kumar123 unregistered

No one cares about Lebanon. Insignificant market. It's not worth mentioning Lebanon so this is why Lebanon is not on the list.

44. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

But Belgium is?

51. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Damn why so rude? Are you Israeli?

57. darkkjedii

Posts: 30674; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why be so rude dude?

7. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ha ha I love the theory behind this.....calling Sweden an I-country, or denmark, Finland, Belgium etc....... this really show how much US citizens know about the rest of the world.....And I'm pretty sure that the tele communication coverage/tech level in most of those countries are way higher than in the US. Take denmark as an example. Here you got 4G in most of the country........And soon it will be 4G+.......

16. SilentJ

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

The source of the article is Business Insider Australia

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In the USA, 95% of the country has 4G. Unless you live in the middle of the California or New Mexico desert, you can get 4G. What's your point. Where I live in Chicago , 3G is faster because less people are on it.

28. sissy246

Posts: 6894; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I use to live in the middle of California, still have family there and when we go visiting I get 4G just fine.

58. darkkjedii

Posts: 30674; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm in Cali as we speak, on LTE.

36. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well that too show how crippled you are. When 3g is faster than 4g.....

54. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It doesn't matter how much faster a network is. If it's bogged down by more users, a slower network with almost no users on it will be faster. That should be common sense.

69. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So your providers haven't got enough gear to support the amount of users....isn't it like that in I-countries too?

70. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

When an area is constantly operating at max capacity, carriers add more hardware to compensate. They're in the business to make money. If they overcompensated right from the start, they lose money. Would it be smart business thinking to set your network up to handle 100,000 users when the most it ever sees is 10,000? You start out with a minimum comfortable threshold and then add capacity as necessary.

73. Cicero

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

For some 4G or LTE is just a show on the top right of the phone. And I'm speaking about marketing here.

25. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Denmark is like a tiny little spec of nothing compared to the United States. The US is 3.806 million square miles. Denmark is 16,524 square miles. Denmark is the size of a VERY small state. In comparison to Nevada its like 1/10th of it's size. Yeah... The US has WAY more LTE coverage than Denmark.

37. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Who gives a s**t about size? Why is that you Americans always measure sizes? Stuff can never be too big. I'm talking percentage of the area of the country.

41. HouTexan

Posts: 460; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Because it matters, dumb dumb. How can you compare a speck the size of Denmark to the U.S.? The size of the united states swallows Denmark like it's nothing. you tell me how stupid you sound.

46. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ha ha typical American. Big words no brain....

53. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's a lot easier to deploy a network in a smaller area than in a larger one. It's like comparing deploying a network in Kansas and Missouri vs the entire US.

64. TerryTerius unregistered

The concept seems to be difficult for some to grasp.

47. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

A large portion of the US is not inhabitated especially in the western states. In which don't require cell signal or in areas where there are too few of people to fork out so much money to build towers. They must be maintained, operated, etc.... Why would they build towers out there? Europe is very densely populated. It would make sense to build towers where there are people. Obviously.

52. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yeah....and you can fit all those countries in Texas. We have to worry about vast amount of land, not a country the size of Connecticut.

56. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I feel stupid arguing about this. Why do we even bother? It's common sense. lol

8. AlikMalix unregistered

One thing I noticed - prices are lower across the board From 2015 to 2016. Why do trips constantly complain that Apple increases prices?

13. StephenS

Posts: 18; Member since: May 02, 2016

We're tracking the iPhone 6. Of course prices would drop after a year, when newer hardware is out.

60. AlikMalix unregistered

Sorry didn't notice that. But either way, iPhone never cost more Than the previous one. The new model take same price as old one, while the old one drops by bout $100. It seems that other countries are different, but that's not apples problem if some countries charge exsorbant fees to sell it there.

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I know there is a lot that factors into the price of items sold overseas but some of these prices are absolutely ridicules. I wouldn't even consider buying and iPhone if I lived in any of the countries above Japan.

10. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

And yet most people in The Netherlands buy. I still see a lot of 4s's not that it isn't a good phone. Their mindset is als long there is a apple logo on it.

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