Yet again iPhone 4G UK price is way way too much

VmlwebVmlweb Member Posts: 427
edited November -1 in Introductions
Hey,

I was wondering if any knows why the UK iPhone is £400 more than in the US, it can't cost them that much just to ship them so what is it?

Also I wondered if it would be worth importing a US iPhone 4G for much much cheaper and putting my SIM into it, are there any problems I might encounter? (Apart from US power adapter)
Will the SIM work properly if it's a US iPhone?

Thanks

Comments

  • iDeveloperziDeveloperz Member Posts: 1,169
    £365 actually :L

    But still it's ridiculous. Probably tax reasons but £365 is an outrage!
  • VmlwebVmlweb Member Posts: 427
    iDeveloperz said:
    £365 actually :L

    But still it's ridiculous. Probably tax reasons but £365 is an outrage!

    Yeh just rounding it but its still a lot
    Does anyone know about importing iPhones?
  • hrsmediahrsmedia Member Posts: 522
    I think if you buy from the US Apple store you have to buy a 2 year AT&T contract.
  • chosenonestudioschosenonestudios Member Posts: 1,714
    Im not sure about this, but in Europe, isn't there no 2 year contracts??? Because I'm sure the phone is heavily subsidized here in the US... If you want to import it.. It'll probably take a bit because unlocked phones WILL at least at first cost more than £365.... Might have to wait like a month after launch to get a decent unlocked one on ebay... thats not bloody expensive as hell...
  • iDeveloperziDeveloperz Member Posts: 1,169
    Ah right I see. Yes in Europe we are on pay and go.
  • adent42adent42 Key Master, Head Chef, Executive Chef, Member, PRO Posts: 1,934
    I believe the UK phones are unlocked with no contract. US phones require a 2 year contract and are locked (and over here, AT&T doesn't unlock them after your contract is up). There's still a little bump in price due to VAT and the exchange rate, but I'm actually trying to see if any of my UK based friends will forward it to the US.
  • JamesZeppelinJamesZeppelin Member Posts: 1,927
    The contract is the difference

    When the 3GS came out you get get it for 199 and 299 USD
    However if you didn't want to sign away another 2 years they were 599 and 699. It should also be noted you have to get a more pricy plan too. You can't just get a cheaper plan and use wifi. The cheapest AT&T plan is over 1200 per year before taxes. So you basically and up paying just under 3k when it is all done.

    So in short our prices are about the same but with way less availability if you want no contract.
    If you import from USA it is locked to AT&T. I don't know if you would have to jailbreak or could update with uk iTunes though.

    To me that really doesn't seem to high. A useless Nokia goes for around the same, no?
    At least when a new model hits.
  • iDeveloperziDeveloperz Member Posts: 1,169
    So people can just finally change their 3g contract in the US?
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