Right from the moment Apple Inc. took the wraps off its 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, people around the world have been curious how much the new devices will cost them (or in their country). Apple will release the new smartphones on September 19 in nine countries. Besides the big screens, the iPhone 6 and its big brother have some exciting new features such as a faster A8 chipset, iOS 8, HealthKit, HomeKit, Apple Pay, Focus Pixels and a full HD display that may trigger a massive upgrade cycle.
Meanwhile, Apple’s Asian fans seem to be crazy to get their hands the iPhone 6. In fact, many are taking pre-orders for the new iPhones at a hefty price tag, in the grey market. Let’s take a look at how much the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus may cost in India, Pakistan and the UAE.
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iPhone 6 price in India
According to Apple India’s official website, the company will launch its new iPhones in the country on October 17. It seeks like people just can’t wait until then. And that’s a perfect opportunity for grey market dealers, who charge exorbitant prices to get the phones to India before the official release. One seller on eBay India lists the price of both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as 100,000 Indian rupees ($1,641).
Apple is yet to reveal the price of its new phones in India. However, NDTV estimates that the base model 16GB iPhone 6 would cost between 40,000-45,000 Indian rupees. The base model of the iPhone 6 Plus may be priced above 50,000 Indian rupees.
iPhone 6 price in Pakistan
Many online retailers in Pakistan are taking advance orders for the iPhone 6 as well as the 6 Plus. They would fulfill the orders by importing the new iPhones from other countries. And they are charging as much as they can, even after factoring in taxes and currency exchange rates. For instance, iShop lists the price of 16GB iPhone 6 at 105,000 Pakistani rupees excluding taxes. That model costs $649 in the U.S., and the device should cost around 66,390 Pakistani rupees based on the current currency conversion rates.
PakLap, another online retailer, is selling the base model of the iPhone 6 at 88,000 Pakistani rupees.
Price in the UAE
Apple will start selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the UAE on September 27. But telecom operator Etisalat announced Wednesday that it would launch the devices on September 26 in UAE. However, the carrier didn’t reveal the price. Apple’s official website lists the iPhone 6 prices as 2,599 dirham for 16GB, 2,999 dirham for 64GB and 3,399 dirham for 128GB model. The 5.5-inch phablet will cost Dhs2,999, Dhs3,399, and Dhs3,799 for 16GB, 64GB and 128GB respectively.