As you may already know, Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus yesterday, the new phones have upgraded specs, better camera, improved battery life and a couple of more features. Considering the new features and a better design that the previous versions of Apple’s flagship smartphone, you may be tempted to buy one for yourself.
Well, if you are living in India, you will have to pay up to 40% more if you want to buy the new iPhone.
The base iPhone which comes with 32 GB storage (finally!) costs $649 in the USA, in India, you will have to shell out as much as 60,000 Rupees (almost $900) for the same version. The additional cost is due to local sales taxes that are added when the phone is imported in the country. Additionally, instead of selling its products directly to customers in India, Apple sells stuff via third-party retailers who will also add some additional bucks for you to pay before you get your hands on your own shiny new iPhone 7.
It is worth noting that India will not be the only country where iPhone will cost more than the US version, In UK, the iPhone will cost almost $80 more for the basic variant and similar charges will be added to some other countries.
It isn’t the first time, but it may be the last one
Apple’s product have always cost more in India than the original price in the US, however, we can expect it to end by next year. With the recent ruling about FDI, Apple will soon be allowed to open stores in Indian cities and if when that happens, you can expect charges to be a bit more reasonable.
Source: The Next Web