iPhone 4 actual price?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AJ.G, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. AJ.G macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    so i have an old nokia phone, a dumb phone,
    and i was thinking about buyin an ipad, then i'd have the ios at home,
    and phone on the go. problem is i already have an itouch.
    im selling it to a friend, and i was thinking if im not going to have an itouch,
    might aswell just get an iphone 4. cheaper than an ipad....

    or so i thought.
    i always thought the iphone was 200USD, and that was it.
    then i realised you have to get an ATT contract.
    i live in china, so its with china unicom,
    but my sim card is china mobile... that doesnt matter.
    so i want to buy an iphone in the US, (or get my friend to buy one)
    and then set it up with a chinese sim card.

    but does that mean when my friend (if he deos) buys it in america,
    will have to have an ATT contract aswell with the iphone?
    which will then make the iphone like 600 or something USD?

    if possible WITHOUT ATT contract,

    cuz in china its a whopping 5000 RMB for when it comes (in three days) to the apple store,
    and that seems ridiculously overpriced to me.
    sorry for the long post,
    and thanks for any replies:)
  2. androiphone macrumors 65816

    Dec 13, 2009
    in US it's 600USD but that is still locked to at&t and that is without any local sales tax that you will have to pay.

    also new iphones come with 4.1 now which cannot be jailbroaken or unlocked so you wouldn't actually be able to use it a local network.

    another option is to buy it from a country that has unlocked iphones like the UK, in the UK the iphone is £499 BUT 5000RBM is only £476 so it is actually cheeper to buy it from china than it would be to import it (or pay the blackmarket mark up from a UK import (which is upto £400!)

    and remember that any imported one would have no warrenty as the warrenty is only valid in the country bought.

    so all in all I would just buy one from your own country as it works out the best option
  3. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Actually they just changed that. The iPhone's warranty is now international.
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    It's £499 for a factory unlocked 16GB iPhone 4 from Apple in the UK.
  5. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2009
    Texas, US
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    Phone prices advertised in the US and some other countries are usually subsidized prices. That is, the real retail price ($600-$700) has been subsidized by the cell carrier in exchange for a 2 year contract. (Canada and (corrected, NOT UK) sometimes have 3 year contracts!)

    So your friend "could" get you an iPhone for only $199, but he would have to sign a 2-year contract to get it at that price. If he cancels the service early, he'll owe an "early termination penalty" ($300 or something similar).

    As another poster already mentioned, the phone will be locked to AT&T, and an unlock isn't yet available for iOS 4.1.

    My suggestion is to find an unlocked iPhone in China (if available) or internationally. Yes, you'll be paying the unsubsidized price, but it will be much simpler.

    Just FYI, buying phones with "subsidized" prices usually means your service costs will be expensive (compared to other areas of the world where people usually pay the full price for the unlocked & unsubsidized handset, then have MUCH less expensive service). My point is that "all that glitters isn't gold".

  6. androiphone macrumors 65816

    Dec 13, 2009
    whaaa :eek:, 2 year contracts are a new occurrence in the UK you can even get the iphone on a 12 month contract (or PAYG), if a network started a 3 year contract they would be laughed out of the country

    that is very good news
  7. OMGitsShan macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    There are no 3 year contracts in the UK. Most of the major networks (O2, Vodafone, Orange, Three) do 18 or 24 month contracts and others like Tesco do 12 months.

    To the OP - why dont you just buy the phone from Apple online in Hong Kong? Thats about as cheap as you will get - no contract and will be SIM free. Buying it in the US means you still need to jailbreak it to unlock it and the firmware it probably has on it right now in unjailbreakable.
  8. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    It is! I bought my 3GS from Italy, because it was unlocked, but then I got exchanged in London when it had problems.
  9. AJ.G thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    THAT is an extremely good idea,
    that didnt cross my mind for some weird reason.
    yes HK is extremely cheap, only 4300 RMB,
    you said no contract? thats interesting...
    thanks for all the replies guys.

    very helpful:)
  10. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2009
    Texas, US

    Sorry about that.
  11. durawraps macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2010
    the actual price of the iphone is not consistent. apple made the pricing of it that way so that different countries cannot make comparisons.
  12. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    You'll have to find a middleman though as the HK Apple Store does not ship outside hk.

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