Why is the iPhone 5 twice as much in the UK?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Soundtekk, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. Soundtekk macrumors newbie

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    The iPhone 5 on Apples own website is from $199.00 or in the UK its £529 which is $860?
     
  2. wesbar macrumors member

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    US price is with contract. UK price is sim free.
     
  3. KieranDotW macrumors 6502a

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    $199 in the US on the two-year term service contract.
    ~£500 in the UK unlocked. It costs $650 in the US unlocked.
     
  4. BB.King macrumors regular

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    Some people need to realise the upfront cost of the phone is only small amount compared to the total cost of the 2 years contract. $199 is nothing set against probably $2,000 over 2 years.
     
  5. KieranDotW macrumors 6502a

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    For a casual user, an unlocked phone on a no-contract prepaid or discount carrier is probably much cheaper than a two year contract. Delayed gratification, nuff said.
     
  6. zachnelson macrumors 6502a

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    Really? You have no idea about contracts, or taxes?
     
  7. Webb macrumors regular

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    That's because you guys have free health care so you have more monies left.:D
     
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    $2000?!
    My iP4 came in at a little under £800 for 24 months.

    I guess the UK must be great value then!!
     
  9. BB.King macrumors regular

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    Some people I know paying around $100 a month on their contract in the US, so around that much over 2 years. There seems to be more deals over here in the UK, even with iPhones.
     
  10. WouterDS macrumors member

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    If it makes you feel better, these are the Belgium prices:

    iPhone 5 16GB: 679€ (890$)
    iPhone 5 32GB: 789€ (1035$)
    iPhone 5 64GB: 899€ (1180$)


    Makes me feel sick, why can't they press prices here in Europe. With the same amound of money you pay here for the cheapest model you can buy the best in the US of contract!
     
  11. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    GST

    "Free" government services are not free, they are prepaid.
     
  12. super michael macrumors regular

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    In Gibraltar To get an Iphone 3 16GB contract it cost £48 a month for 24 months but comes with unlimited data. As for the Iphone 3 unlocked cost £477. This is from the internet/telephone carrier called Gibtelecom.

    As for the Apple store they sell the Iphone unlocked like everywhere in the world, but the internet/telephone carrier sells their Iphones overcharge unlocked and contract overcharge.
     

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