Who pays the most for an iPhone? Report breaks down relative pricing around the globe
posted by Stephen S. / May 19, 2016, 11:54 AM
If you want a good deal on an iPhone, don't buy it in an i-CountryThe 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.
source: Business Insider via iClarified
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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.
posted on May 19, 2016, 12:09 PM 8
No one cares about Lebanon. Insignificant market. It's not worth mentioning Lebanon so this is why Lebanon is not on the list.
posted on May 19, 2016, 1:10 PM 4
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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+.......
posted on May 19, 2016, 12:19 PM 1
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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.
posted on May 19, 2016, 1:29 PM 3
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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.
posted on May 20, 2016, 12:28 AM 0
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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.
posted on May 19, 2016, 1:39 PM 1
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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.
posted on May 19, 2016, 4:33 PM 1
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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.
posted on May 19, 2016, 5:13 PM 1
One thing I noticed - prices are lower across the board From 2015 to 2016. Why do trips constantly complain that Apple increases prices?
posted on May 19, 2016, 12:29 PM 3
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We're tracking the iPhone 6. Of course prices would drop after a year, when newer hardware is out.
posted on May 19, 2016, 12:44 PM 4
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.
posted on May 19, 2016, 6:28 PM 0
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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.
posted on May 19, 2016, 12:39 PM 0
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