Rip Off Britain?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by longdrag, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. longdrag macrumors member

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    16GB iPhone 5 - £529 in the UK this equals $860

    The same item in the US?

    $199 - £122.42

    There is a discrpancy of £406.58 somewhere in the mix :eek::eek:


    What the hell is going on........:mad::mad::mad:

    If I have the wrong end of the stick - then someone tell me please...
     
  2. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    The $199 price is with a 2 year contract.

    Plus they handle taxes differently.
     
  3. alvse macrumors regular

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  4. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    The US don't offer the phone out of contract as far as i'm aware. Their price is with a contract attached.
     
  5. rovex, Sep 19, 2012
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    Did you actually think the handset costs $199 unlocked? :D
     
  6. OllyW Moderator

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    I think the unlocked contract free 16GB costs $649 which would work out at $779 with 20% VAT. They still get it cheaper but it's not as bad as you think.

    Also, if you compare the cost of the iPhone on contract between the US and the UK you will find it's a lot cheaper here. :)
     
  7. Deako macrumors 6502

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    A big fat FAIL there unfortunately.
     
  8. antdawe macrumors regular

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    In terms of contract price Britain is actually cheaper than the USA.

    I get mine free on a two year contract.

    Unlimited Mins, text, internet and international calls around europe.

    £30 a month with a half price discount added.

    Approx $48 per month
     
  9. buryfan macrumors newbie

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    They don't pay 20% vat as far as I'm aware so it does work out slightly cheaper unlocked for them
     
  10. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    Why do the English have such a hard time recognising tax laws?

    (and yes, I'm English)

    It really is embarrassing.
     
  11. Deako macrumors 6502

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    They still have to pay sales tax.
     
  12. andybno1 macrumors 68040

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    you got the phone free for £30 a month or is it £30 a month after discount?
     
  13. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    they pay sales taxes that vary between states.
     
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  15. illutionz macrumors 65816

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    In the US 16GB iPhone 5 UNLOCKED will cost $649 + sales tax.

    Let's make 8.5% the average.

    Total cost will be $705.
    Only around $150 difference from the UK price.
     
  16. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Not if you purchase something in New Hampshire, Delaware, Oregon, Alaska, or Montana. :)

    That said, generally sales tax is between 6-10% in most states. It varies from city to city, which is why prices are quoted pre-tax here.

    On the whole, mobile prices are better in the UK and the rest of Europe since there is more true competition. We tend to pay $80-$120/month for mobile plans.
     
  17. brand macrumors 601

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    A classic example of no research and poor assumptions.:rolleyes:
     
  18. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    You have the wrong end of the stick.
     

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