02 having a laugh

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vinnyemmery, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. vinnyemmery macrumors member

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    forgive me if im wrong but i thought apple set a standard price for a product so how come the iphone 3gs 32gb is 299 dollars in the US. In Uk exchange rate thats approx £183.00. O2 are selling the iphone 3gs for £275 can anyone explain where o2 justify that
     
  2. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    Carriers are free to sell the iPhone at the price they choose.
     
  3. Accoladeuk macrumors member

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    if apple updated their site with prices, o2 would be forced to lower theres.
     
  4. Blackjack07 macrumors member

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    Why do you think people bring home an iPhone from the US? It is way cheaper than anywhere.... Here in Belgium, they charge you 615 for the 16GB 3G, with or without a monthly plan... go figure that!

    They want to make tons of money, and who will stop them? Our brains are too set, we buy it as long we think we need it, at whatever price..

    B07
     
  5. 01jamcon macrumors 6502a

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    2 reasons sadly:

    The $299 dollars is for a 2 year contract. The UK version is for an 18 month contract. If you want to be locked into a 2 year contract as well, o2 will give you one for £175.

    Also, you need to remember that US prices aren't inclusive of sales tax, while here its inclusive of 15% VAT. Remember to add on about 10% to US prices.
     
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I might add that you will likely be taxed based on the full retail value, not the subsidized price, in the US.
     

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