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  • Ridiculous iPhone Prices for India and Russia
    About 5 days ago India kicked off it's iPhone sales on Airtel and Vodafone with a price of Rs 31,000 for the 8 GB model. In US dollars that is about $715 for the iPhone. The iPhone is pretty cool, but not quite that cool from where i sit. Apparently India agrees and Vodafone has been quick to respond dropping the price of the iPhone by a whole Rs 2,000 or $47. That still doesn't seem like much to me.

    India isn't the only place with ridiculous iPhone prices. The iPhone is set to launch in Russia something in October for an estimated price of 24,000 Rubles or $990. What's going on Apple? I thought the plan was to dominate the world with iPhones. You'd have to be half insane to pay those prices!

    [via yahoo and engadgetmobile]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Ridiculous iPhone Prices for India and Russia started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      lawl what the hell?!
    1. Shady's Avatar
      Shady -
      Well Dude, its not about being insane, its the cards we get dealt with. I live in curacao and I got the 1st gen iphone for about 750$ a year ago . I live in a country where the cheapest iphone on the black market is around 800$ since we don't have a iphone retailer here. The companies gotta order them, pay shipping freights, pay taxes on that and then still make profit, So u can imagine how it goes. So when I see an iphone in the states for 200$ I'll have to triple that . to get my price.
    1. keatonreckard's Avatar
      keatonreckard -
      sucksss
    1. AotW's Avatar
      AotW -
      Where I live you have to pay nearly the same price tag like in the US but in Euros... This is for all of Apples products and this is really a pain.

      I paid for my Mac Pro 2499 Euros this are 3697.95 US Dollars.

      On the US Apple online store the same Mac Pro costs 2799 USD...

      This is what makes me going AWRRRRY... but thats the way it is.
    1. boneheadxan's Avatar
      boneheadxan -
      Airtel's launch party happened right next to my place The entire place was flooded with only security guards :P 31 and 37k, cmon....the iPhone's gonna die out here, cause people are rarely willing to cross 20K ($480)...and some might stretch to 25K ($600)... but 31???
      I say, someone out here should crack it and spit on their face...they are just ripping people off and Apple's doing nothing about it.
      As for me I think I'll get it under O2 in UK next month :P
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by boneheadxan View Post
      Airtel's launch party happened right next to my place The entire place was flooded with only security guards :P 31 and 37k, cmon....the iPhone's gonna die out here, cause people are rarely willing to cross 20K ($480)...and some might stretch to 25K ($600)... but 31???
      I say, someone out here should crack it and spit on their face...they are just ripping people off and Apple's doing nothing about it.
      As for me I think I'll get it under O2 in UK next month :P
      O2 are ripoffs as well...I'm not buying a 3G from them, no way... PAYG will be >300
    1. 2s3t8z's Avatar
      2s3t8z -
      wait wait! wait!!
      have u not heard of the price of australia yet?!?!
      i thought u would have!!!!
      $899 aud for the 8gb!!!!!
    1. crazy_man's Avatar
      crazy_man -
      Heh.. In Ukraine apple don't sell iPhones. Now 3G iPhone with sim adapter cost near 1200 $ there.
      When first generation iPhone was released it cost from 1500 to 650 $.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      O2 are ripoffs as well...I'm not buying a 3G from them, no way... PAYG will be >300
      O2 iPhone tariffs aren't that bad considering you get 600 mins and 500 texts for 20 thats ecx. the 15 for web and wifi, which would be that much on it's own.

      I got an original iPhone, bought it from O2, unlocked it for T-Mobile and now I'm back on O2, officially activated for any O2 sim, no stupid contract

      I'm only 17 so I'm pretty skint and can't afford a contract
      Thanks to 269 for iPhone and App Store
    1. thechubbyman's Avatar
      thechubbyman -
      didnt steve jobs promise that the iphone would never go over $199
    1. sonex's Avatar
      sonex -
      um new zealand, $970 for 8gb and $1100 for 16gb
    1. flaviocontreras's Avatar
      flaviocontreras -
      I sold my first gen iPhone to friend for $150 and now hearing u guys talk about paying over 700 that really sucks it's alot of money
    1. WingHack's Avatar
      WingHack -
      Writing from Dubai, UAE, where the iphone has never officially been lauched... But is widely sold, as it's not really illegal to sell it - or is it, the line between what's legal or not is surprisingly blurry on certain matters here.
      When the 3G was launched the 1st gen iphones supplies dried up, and resulted in prices getting double to triple overnight. I've seen a first gen at 4500AED (1250 US$) last month.
      Now the 3G is sold in store for as much as 7000AED, which is close to 2000 dollars... O_0 the best deal on local websites is 5000AED (1400 dollars).

      And you know the worst? Over here there is such a hype about having the latest cell phone - and flashing your money - that everyone is buying it! (not me that is. happy with my first gen.)
    1. mikedats's Avatar
      mikedats -
      hello from the philippines. 3g iphone just came out last saturday. according to some reports 600+ were sold in around 3hrs. launch party and all, where they counted down like it was new years eve. 12 midnight, the iphone went on sale. selling at 43-44k. roughly $950! although they did drop the price about a $100....

      im keeping my 1st gen. no point is getting the 3g. dont have gps where i am, and i dont think i wanna pay the minute charges for 3g especially when everywhere you go is a hotspot.....so yeah, theres no difference.
    1. iomran's Avatar
      iomran -
      Quote Originally Posted by WingHack View Post
      Writing from Dubai, UAE, where the iphone has never officially been lauched... But is widely sold, as it's not really illegal to sell it - or is it, the line between what's legal or not is surprisingly blurry on certain matters here.
      When the 3G was launched the 1st gen iphones supplies dried up, and resulted in prices getting double to triple overnight. I've seen a first gen at 4500AED (1250 US$) last month.
      Now the 3G is sold in store for as much as 7000AED, which is close to 2000 dollars... O_0 the best deal on local websites is 5000AED (1400 dollars).

      And you know the worst? Over here there is such a hype about having the latest cell phone - and flashing your money - that everyone is buying it! (not me that is. happy with my first gen.)
      Writing from the same country , Thats True but if can't order your self, I cant imagine how much they are taking additional to the the shipment price and all that, my bro just ordered one from somewhere and it was around 890 $ but what we seeing here is just ******** turned up to 2000 and 2200 dollars. (Happy With My 1st G Too)
    1. Myque's Avatar
      Myque -
      Here in Guatemala (Latin America) I Got my 8g 3g iphone the launch day 22nd Aug. Out of contract for $650, pretty expensive if you tell me, you can get a good laptop at that price.
    1. hermitsethi's Avatar
      hermitsethi -
      Hi guys,
      Iam from bombay, india.
      First they said pay a advance fee of rs 10,000 approx 250$ so I could the iPhone before anyone else then when I asked over the country when will I get the piece in my hand they said 3 days. So I asked when can someone buy it off the counter they replied 3 days again. So I asked what's the point of me giving the advance payment? A reply came " we assure u will get an iPhone then" or else you might not get one.

      I took my adance back and walked away.

      I've had the iPhone version 1.02 since a year now, upgraded to all version and on v2 now.
      Iam happy using appstore and getting all my apps.
      Anyway 3g is not started in India yet and gps is not like wow anyway.
      But one thing there are too many stupid people with alot of following cash to waste!

      I'll wait for Abit and see how it goes....
    1. jwcrash's Avatar
      jwcrash -
      Quote Originally Posted by flaviocontreras View Post
      I sold my first gen iPhone to friend for $150
      Ouch! I hate hearing stories like this...there's at least an extra ~$300 missing from your wallet, had you sold it on the open market.

      OTOH, you seriously hooked your buddy up with that price. So you got that karma, which never hurts.
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      Quote Originally Posted by thechubbyman View Post
      didnt steve jobs promise that the iphone would never go over $199
      Jobs has never said anything of the sort. He merely mentioned a lower price in the US, with a new contract or upgrade on Apple's exclusive (and enourmasly frustrating) partner AT&T. Tho admittedly he didn't really explain the latter part in his keynote, but he definitely never promised anything. Also even in the us under those conditions, 199 is for the 8gb - a 16gb is still 299. And if you aren't new to AT&T, have upgraded your phone within the last 2 years, and didn't upgrade it to a first gen iPhone, you're plum outta luck, and have to pay the 'real' price here in the use of 299 for 8b and 399 for 16gb.


      Anyways, these foreign prices explain why iphones go for such exorbitantly high prices on ebay. I saw an iPhone 3g go the day after I bought mine for 200 for about 2500 (usd). In any case, I'll definitely be goign this route once I get my iPhone 3rd gen in a year or so, lol Man that release is going to be confusing as hell, being as they refer to all 3rd gen iPods and such as '3G'. So it will be he iPhone 3G 3G, as opposed to the iPhone 3G 2G, or the iPhone 2G 1G......
    1. Cocchiararo's Avatar
      Cocchiararo -
      well, a contract locked iphone 3g 8gb costs u$s 524 in argentina, 40 bucks a month, with little free minutes and sms and 512 mb of "free data".

      with the same plan, the 16 gb one costs 665.

      of course there are higher plans wich lower the cost, but its always at least u$s150 more expensive than in the united states.