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

VmlwebVmlweb Posts: 427Member
edited November -1 in Introductions

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?



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

    But still it's ridiculous. Probably tax reasons but £365 is an outrage!
  • VmlwebVmlweb Posts: 427Member
    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 Posts: 522Member
    I think if you buy from the US Apple store you have to buy a 2 year AT&T contract.
  • chosenonestudioschosenonestudios Posts: 1,714Member
    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 Posts: 1,169Member
    Ah right I see. Yes in Europe we are on pay and go.
  • adent42adent42 Posts: 1,540Key Master, Head Chef, Executive Chef, Member, PRO GameSalad Employee
    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 Posts: 1,927Member
    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 Posts: 1,169Member
    So people can just finally change their 3g contract in the US?
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