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And you thought the US iPhone was expensive…

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iPhone - Germany

Well anyone who complained about the iPhone being expensive here in the US can officially shut it (myself included).

An ad for the 8GB iPhone in Germany (pictured above) has the phone costing a whopping 899 Euros. Do some quick currency conversions and you find that 899 Euros is over $1,200 USD! Holy smokes! That puts it right around 3 times the cost of the US iPhone.

Let’s be honest, that price is just ridiculous. I don’t care how much money you have or how bad you want an iPhone, it is in no way worth $1,200.

UPDATE: Well looks like I stand corrected. It would seem that the ad above is either a hoax or a typo (or both). The official price in Germany is 399 Euros.

Thanks Jonathan Marcialis for the tip (and article scan)

13 Responses to “And you thought the US iPhone was expensive…”

  1. Since the introduction of the EURO all prices have been raised so drastically that it just takes my breath away. Literatelly they just put “Euro” in exchange for “Deutsche Mark” at the pricemark (which means they doubled the price).
    But this ad is still nothing official but exactly what Michael said. It’s traded by T-Mobile for 399€ which is 559$ today. Phew, that is a nice, little price premium.

  2. Apart from any consideration that EUR 899,- were a typo or hoax, it may have been neither. Letting aside the strong Euro at the moment, pricing in Germany has always been unbelievable impudent in may cases – based on the ridicolous idea that all Germans are rich and willing to pay absurdest amounts with greatest ease and pleasure.
    If you compare SLR lens prices from USA and Germany for instance, you may also think these are typos or hoaxes. In fact they’re not, they mean business…

  3. That’s one of these crooked offers, to fool some dense naive german enthusiasts out of their money, as they claim, that iPhones purchased at ebay can’t be unlocked and only theirs has no simlock. Jesus, they even call it an introductory offer, that’s pretty impudent. :D

  4. and just to add: the german telecom is like at&t in the us the only provider in germany for the iphone, and the only one who may sell it, even stores like gravis, which sell apple exclusive, wont get it. and it will be at 399.