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Mobile & Wireless

iPhone 5 most expensive in Italy, but tariffs cheaper

Sunday 14 October 2012 | 17:32 CET | News
Italian comparison portal SuperMoney has conducted a price analysis of the iPhone 5 in the world which reveals that the Apple smartphone is most expensive in Italy. In practice, the device costs EUR 50 more in Italy compared to most European countries, equal to EUR 729, EUR 839 and EUR 949 (16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB). In the US, the price is more competitive: USD 649.99 for the 16 GB version (slightly over EUR 500); USD 749.99 for the 32 GB (around EUR 580); USD 849.99 for the 64 GB (around EUR 660). However, post-paid tariffs in Italy are more convenient (TIM, 3 Italia, Vodafone), compared to leading operators in France, the UK, USA and Germany.
 Italy is the only country, among those examined, where some operators (TIM and 3 Italia) offer the iPhone 5 at zero cost. Vodafone Italia offers the smartphone at an initial price of EUR 69, while in all other countries it is necessary to fork out, on average, EUR 137 (from a minimum of EUR 99.95 by T-Mobile in Germany to a maximum of EUR 179.90 by Vodafone Deutschland). In terms of the average monthly tariffs, Italy is the most convenient, with 3 Italia and TIM charging EUR 34.16 and EUR 39 per month, respectively, while Vodafone Italia has a monthly fee of EUR 54. In comparison, costs in other countries are higher: in France two of the main operators (Sfr and Orange) have an offer of EUR 69.90/month; in the UK the tariffs are more or less aligned at EUR 45/month; in Germany the costs vary from EUR 35 to EUR 55 per month; while in the USA the price arrives up to EUR 70/month for the iPhone 5.

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: 3 Italia / Apple / Orange / SFR / TIM / T-Mobile / Vodafone / Vodafone Italia
Countries: Italy / World
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