The United States is the best (cheapest!) place to buy the new iPhones in the whole world

The United States is the best (cheapest!) place to buy the new iPhones in the whole world
The new iPhones are here and they are clearly the most expensive series of iPhones Apple has ever released.

But just how expensive are they around the world?

It turns out that the United States has probably the best iPhone prices in the whole world, while people in Europe have to pay the the equivalent of nearly $1,000 for the base iPhone XR model, the same one that costs $750 in the US.

Take a look yourself to see the massive difference and we will explain why do we have such a huge variance in prices below.


And here are the prices of the new iPhones in Europe. There is some variation between different countries, and that is why you have ranges for each model.


But why do Europeans have to pay so much for an iPhone, while people in the US get a much better deal?

The reason, as you might have guessed, is... taxes. "Nothing is certain, but death and taxes," the saying goes, and in the case of Europe, this is certainly true. Value Added Tax (VAT) varies from 18% in Malta and 19% in Germany to a whopping 25% in the Nordic countries. In Germany, that means that you pay around €690 for the base model iPhone XR, but then also pay around €160 euro in VAT, so the end customer ends up paying a lot more than the customer in the US.

Also, keep in mind that prices in Europe are listed with VAT included, while in the US, you have to pay state tax on top of the amount mentioned in the first table (unless you live in a tax-free state like Delaware).

And this is a quick breakdown of the price story and why the new iPhones are so f*king expensive in Europe.

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31 Comments

1. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

What a joke.

2. Mitsjke

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

Even without taxes the phones are more expensive in Europe if you consider de exchange rate. When the value of the Euro dropped against the dollar, Apple raised their prices. But now the value is going up again, the prices aren't being changed. Bht therefore offers Europe at least 2 years of warranty by law. So the need of Apple Care isn't that high here

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

one of the reason why Huawei brand is getting stronger in europe

4. hopper

Posts: 78; Member since: May 08, 2017

Costs $1225+ on australia

7. Serious85

Posts: 19; Member since: May 23, 2017

In Hungary the 64gb Xs 1430$ Xs Max 1570$ And the 512gb Xs Max 2035.. 27% tax so it's a shame.......

19. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

In turkey iphone 8 plus 7499 turkish liras, 256gb one is 8999 turkish liras. Minimum wage is 1603 turkish liras, teacher's salary between 3000-3500. For the new iphones we wait more than 10000 turkish liras. Yes it's about our economy, iphone 7 duo came 3199 and 3799 turkish liras, iphone x was 6099 and these new iphones will come above 10000 but despite these, galaxy note 9 6499 turkish liras. Apple is trying to f**k people.

5. ahmadkun

Posts: 613; Member since: May 02, 2016

Wow ..

6. petza4

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 29, 2012

1290 euros for 4gb ram 64gb iphone?? This is joke! I gave 290 euros for Pocofone f1 6gb ram 128gb storage and the phone is flying!

9. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

yes but you have now a status of a poor guy, you can't show off, you should be ashamed.

12. Papa_Ji

Posts: 857; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

I don't need a phone to describe my status.. Only ... iSheep need a iPhone to describe there fake status... IPhone = trademark of fake people

10. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

But you're missing iOS, the most important reason why people buy iPhones.

13. Papa_Ji

Posts: 857; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

iOS 20 + many more features = Android 9

15. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I'm fairly sure that it's 3GB RAM.

8. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

1690 euros is 1963 dollars. Crazy, almost 2000$ for a phone.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

SMDH at Apple on this one. It's not even the price, so much as it's how little you get for that price. No split screen on these 3 large canvasses No picture in picture No pencil support for the $100 Pencil No Symbols on keyboard No real widgets placed where you want them No app drawer Still just a static grid of icons, only bigger. Samsung knows how to do large screens.

14. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Your trolling is getting very very sad, seriously you have wrote this same line hundred times.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Your blind loyalty to Apple is very very sad. Now go get in line dude, your 512, do nothing more than last year, but for $1600 awaits

17. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I see i hit nerve there :D

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You could never hit a nerve, but it would be funny watching you try. Please keep trying. Hit a nerve...you're too funny.

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Point to anything Dark said that was incorrect...

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He can't.

25. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

He's gone now.

26. kucma

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

They’ve lost the plot with these prices. Almost makes me feel guilty to buy one now, even a base Xr because I’ll be supporting them. If Xr didn’t have dual Sim I wouldn’t even consider upgrading. 6s Plus still working perfectly fine.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't feel ashamed at all. If you want an iPhone, that's your choice, and I'll never disrespect you for choosing to buy what you want. I'm not even remotely satisfied with what Apple gave us this year, and I've chosen to speak with my wallet. You should do the same, even if that means buying it, if it's what you want.

20. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

In turkey iphone 8 plus 7499 turkish liras, 256gb one is 8999 turkish liras. Minimum wage is 1603 turkish liras, teacher's salary between 3000-3500. For the new iphones we wait more than 10000 turkish liras. Yes it's about our economy, iphone 7 duo came 3199 and 3799 turkish liras, iphone x was 6099 and these new iphones will come above 10000 but despite these, galaxy note 9 6499 turkish liras. Apple is trying to f**k people.

23. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

It's much more expensive also in Latin America In Mexico with At&t Mexico its gonna be 26,999 for the 64 gig . And the 256 gig is gonna be 30,699 and the 512 gig 35,699 , which is twice as much as what At&t here in the US is gonna offer them for. Which if u convert it to US dollars at what ever way u look at it it's still more expensive in Mexico than here in the US.

24. Cat97

Posts: 1931; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This is actually a marketing lie, because 1 EUR = 1.17 USD, do basically *even with VAT* an iPhone in Europe should not cost more than 700-720 EUR if it costs 700 USD in the US. It's just a way for Apple to milk (and disrespect) non-americans, and maybe the EU with their GDPR and huge monopoly fines slapped on some US companies.

27. kucma

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

True. New Zealand has 15% tax but the base model Xr starts from USD916... Whatever shipping costs still doesn’t add up to the total...

28. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

so what should we do? buy a ticket to U.S.A for $1500 and then buy iphone XS for $1200 ? and buy an extra coverage for $300 plus FAST charger for another $70. then come back with a fact that warranty is only valid in U.S only.?? BULL S**t.

29. kucma

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

At least you get a holiday in US if you do that!

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