It has been over a week since the launch of iPhone 5, currently it is the most demanded phone out in the market with over 6 million devices have already been sold. Announced in 22 countries, iPhone 5 is surely making an impact and stocks are running low on it. This adds an opportunity for local vendors, they are charging anywhere from 200-300 $ above the original asking price of iPhone 5.
The folks at setteb.IT collected the iPhone 5 pricing data of several countries including Italy, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, UK and US. The data reveals that the iPhone is the cheapest in its home country where as folks over in Italy have to pay a hefty 20% tax over the official asking price. Here is a chart that describes the prices clearly:
Of course these prices are nothing when compared to where the phone is not “Officially” available yet. Customers over in India and Pakistan have to pay $1366 for a factory unlocked 16GB version, which is almost twice as much the original price. So if you want to get your hands on the iPhone 5 in Asia (apart from Hong Kong) you are better off waiting for the prices to go down, or if you have someone living out where it is available, you can ask them to get it for you.
The prices for the new phone are at an all-time high, the official prices will only go down when the next iPhone is announced next year. Apple has finally managed to bring the production line at pace and if you were waiting for your phone, it might be on your door steps soon.