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iPhone 4S Debuts in Over 20 New Countries, Pricing Starts as High as $1400

In line with our report from earlier this month, Apple has launched the iPhone 4S in a number of new countries today. Based on an examination of Apple's site and those of its carrier partners, we have found over 20 countries where the device appears to have debuted today.

The list of new countries includes: Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.


iPhone 4S pricing starting at R$2599 in Brazil, the equivalent of US$1410

As we noted in our earlier report, pricing in Brazil is indeed very high due to the import duties imposed on such devices there, one major reason why Apple and Foxconn are working on ramping up production of iOS devices in the country. Pricing for the iPhone 4S through Apple's Brazilian online store starts at the equivalent of $1410 for the 16 GB model and moves up to $1628 for the 32 GB model and $1845 for the 64 GB model.

Pricing is also rather high in Russia, with carrier partner MTC offering the iPhone 4S at prices ranging from the equivalent of $1131 to $1350.

Many other countries seeing iPhone 4S launches have pricing much more in line with Apple's base pricing in the United States and other major markets. Of the new introductions today, Apple also directly sells the iPhone 4S through its online stores in Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates, with pricing coming in roughly around $700/$800/$900 in those markets. Pricing for unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S models in the United States is set at $649/$749/$849.

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31 months ago

Wow apple tax :eek::eek:

Import tax
Rating: 22 Positives
31 months ago
You would have to be an idiot to pay that much for a phone.
Rating: 18 Positives
31 months ago
I think it would be cheaper for someone in Brazil to purchase a plane ticket to the US, buy an unlocked iPhone, and fly home. Just a thought for the Brazilians out there. (Or buy several and sell them on the black market, and yours is essentially free!)
Rating: 15 Positives
31 months ago
For those of you who own iPhones and are shocked at the prices, keep in mind you pay those prices too, just spread over time in the form of a 2 year service contract, a large portion of which is a hardware rebate.

Brazil in particular has outsized taxation on imported goods to try to force companies to make goods there. Apple and Foxconn are in the process of doing exactly that and at some point it will result in lower prices to folks in that particular country.

Rocketman
Rating: 7 Positives
31 months ago
Insane!!!!

But people will still buy it, I guess :P
Rating: 7 Positives
31 months ago
Talk about a status symbol :eek:
Rating: 6 Positives
31 months ago
This reminds me to never move out of the states, no matter how messed our government and economy is.
Rating: 6 Positives
31 months ago
It's always been this way in South America.. I live in Buenos Aires, where everything costs 3x more than in the US. The iPhone 4S is not currently available on any network, but lots of local tech stores bought them unlocked in Italy or in the states, the cheapest 16gb Unlocked iPhone 4S sells for $1600uss.
The major carriers here (Claro AR, Movistar, Personal) still sell the original iPhone 4 16gb under contract for over a thousand bucks :| Then again.. you don't see ANYONE using Apple devices.
Rating: 6 Positives
31 months ago
Isn't it strange that electronics always cost much more in poorer countries? For example, owning any Apple product in Hungary automatically means you're quite rich, whereas in the USA it's a pretty common thing, and it doesn't necessarily mean you earn more than 80% of the population.
Rating: 6 Positives
31 months ago

You would have to be an idiot to pay that much for a phone.


Depends on the country, doesn't it? In Denmark its well over a 1000 USD as well. On the other hand, I am attending med-school, and I make 36 USD/hour or 25 USD/hour after taxes, as a student (!). 5 days work for an iPhone 4S. Seems fine to me.

Furthermore the phone comes with a 6 months contract for free data, 6 hours calling, free texting. Sim unlocked.
Rating: 5 Positives

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