iPhone X Will Cost Over $2,100 in Brazil When Released in South America Next Month

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Apple has updated its website to indicate that the iPhone X launches in three additional Latin American countries in early December.


Namely, the iPhone X will be released in Colombia starting December 1, Chile on December 7, and Brazil on December 8. The device will be available from select carriers and authorized resellers in each country.

In Brazil, the iPhone X will also be on display and available to purchase from the country's two Apple Stores at VillageMall in Rio de Janeiro and the Morumbi shopping center in São Paulo. Inventory will likely be extremely limited.

iPhone X will start at 6,999 Brazilian reals in Brazil, the equivalent of slightly more than $2,150 USD based on current exchange rates. That's more than double the iPhone X's starting price of $999 in the United States.

Apple's prices in Brazil being significantly higher than in the United States is partly the result of the country's 60 percent duty on imported products valued up to $3,000, and likely other factors such as stricter labor laws.

Apple hasn't provided iPhone X pricing information for Chile or Colombia, or release dates for other countries in South America.

iPhone X first launched November 3 in the United States and over 50 other countries. The device was also released in Israel today and arrives in 13 additional countries, including Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey, tomorrow.

iPhone X orders on Apple's website now ship in an estimated 1-2 weeks around the world, down from 5-6 weeks after the device first launched.

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Article Link: iPhone X Will Cost Over $2,100 in Brazil When Released in South America Next Month
 
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JM

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So Brazil will have exactly two phones that sell at that price. One for each store.
 
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filipe.esposito

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That’s insane, really. The minimum wage in Brazil it’s around R$937 (U$235) a month. They’re trying to sell a phone that costs 8 months of work. But what really triggers me is the fact that they already sells the iPhone 8 Plus top model here at R$5.399 (U$1.636). In the USA, the diference between these models it’s about U$50 (U$949 and U$999).
 

mrvictorms

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The price is insane even considering Brazilian taxes. Apple (or Apple Brazil) feels entitled to charge a premium just because they can. It’s so absurd that you can pay for round-trip airfare to Miami, hotel, food, and come back with a brand new iPhone X for less than the asked price in Brazil.
 

SharksFan22

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So the Brazilian government punishes their people for buying foreign products by charging a 60% import tax and somehow it's Apple's fault?
Yup that is one thing I never understand. Why punish the citizens by removing choices? It’s not protectionism as there’s no (as far I know) phone manufacturing in Brazil. Just pure shakedown by the government.

BTW - have been to the Morumbi center cited in the article. Nice place!
 

filipe.esposito

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Isn’t that only $1,600 though? Where does the other $500 come from?
It comes from Apple's insanity. Set higher prices to the iPhone X, turn it into a luxury product and also forces the iPhone 8 for everyone here, so they can tell the world that both phones are "selling well". That's the only reasonable explanation. Again, it's not only about Brazil taxes.
 

vladobizik

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The saddest thing is that things like iPhone cost basically the least in the US, while folks in other countries not only pay more, but get less for their money - often no Apple Pay (as in my country), poorer selection in the iTunes Store, higher prices for digital purchases, no deals on gift cards, Siri won’t tell you about businesses, movie premieres or sports scores, officially no Apple News, and so on, and so forth.
 
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filipe.esposito

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The saddest thing is that things like iPhone cost basically the least in the US, while folks in other countries who live in other countries not only pay more, but get less for their money - often no Apple Pay (as in my country), poorer selection in the iTunes store or Netflix, higher prices for digital purchases, no deals on gift cards, Siri won’t tell you about businesses, movie premieres or sports scores, officially no Apple News, and so on, and so forth.
Exactly, it's the same in Brazil. Siri took 4-5 years to work here, Apple Pay? Forget it. Neither turn by turn navigation we've got it yet. But they're trying to sell it at U$2100...