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Topic # 42688 8-Oct-2009 21:02
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EDIT: *facepalm* Blah, looks like I did miss a *very* important detail - The ones on the Apple US store are on AT&T plans. My mistake! You can disregard the rest of this post now, haha :)

Hi all,

I just ordered an iPhone online today from the Apple NZ store (16GB 3GS). While the price was high I was not really surprised at what it was - seems to be about average around here. So I went ahead and ordered.

But now I just looked a the Apple US store and saw the exact same thing for USD$199 (~NZD$275 at the moment). USD$199?? I like to buy locally and really couldn't be bothered with any warrenty issues hence my purchase from the local Apple store, but wow.

I could have imported one from the states, and if I needed to make a warrenty claim, just buy another. And then do that 2 more times. And then we'd be at about the same cost.

What's up with that? I'm no stranger to paying price premiums in NZ but that is just crazy. Is there a decent reason for this? Or did I miss an important detail?

I'm sure I'll be happy with my purchase but I can't help but feel massively ripped off :(

[PS apologies if this has been discussed to death, I did a very quick search but didn't turn up anything specific]

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  Reply # 262536 8-Oct-2009 21:03
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You realise the US devices are all locked to AT&T and subsidised?

Hardly a fair comparision.



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  Reply # 262537 8-Oct-2009 21:06
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Yeah I do now, I guess I just saw the price and had a 'wtf' moment!

I'm no expert on the state of mobiles in the US, I was initially under the assumption that ones bought from the Apple online store would be unlocked like they are here. Should've read a little harder!

If they're locked there and not here maybe things aren't so bad afterall :)

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 262550 8-Oct-2009 21:47
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the 3gs is available unlocked from the apple store in OZ, Price 879 AUD, at 80c exchange rate that is 1089, or $50 cheaper than in NZ, so we are not getting stung that bad,

As mentioned above the US ones are locked to ATT for a fixed term contract, + you need a US social security no. to buy one over there :)

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  Reply # 266645 25-Oct-2009 01:11
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Apparently you can buy an unlocked 3GS in the states for $599US.

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  Reply # 266647 25-Oct-2009 04:38
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Fossie: Apparently you can buy an unlocked 3GS in the states for $599US.


Where would that be? I have seen them advertised as "contract-free", but not unlocked.

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  Reply # 266701 25-Oct-2009 17:14
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I read somewhere that you can get one at an apple store unlocked...i'm trying to find where I read it. I hope I didn't imagine it.

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