Apple slashes iPhone 4 & 4S prices up to 25% in Brazil

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Apple has significantly reduced the price of both its iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S in Brazil, possibly marking a move to make a bigger push for market share in Latin America's largest market.

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The price cut saw both handsets' prices cut by R$ 400 ($198), as Journal O Globo noted (via Mac Rumors) on Monday. Pricing for the iPhone 4 now starts at $544 for an 8GB model, while the iPhone 4S starts at $840 for a 16GB model.

Apple sells the iPhone 4 unlocked and unsubsidized for $450 in the United States, and the iPhone 4S for $549.

As in China, Apple offers iPhone buyers the option to pay for their devices in monthly installments. Brazilian customers also have the option of paying for their iPhones in full up-front, thereby receiving an additional 10 percent discount.

Jornal O Globo's report notes that Apple has confirmed that the price drop is not a limited time promotion, and that these are instead the new starting price points for the handsets in Apple's official store. The iPhone 5 is still being sold without a discount.

The discount puts Apple's two lower-priced smartphone options better in line with pricing on competitors' phones. Samsung's Galaxy S II costs R$ 1,599 in Brazil, while Motorola's Razr sells for R$ 1,299.

The price cut may stem in part from Apple's increased Brazilian operations. Apple partner Foxconn has been assembling iPhones in Brazil for more than a year, though initially the local assembly of the devices had no effect on their pricing in the country.

As South America's largest economy, Brazil is an important economy for Apple, even though some legal issues have presented minor stumbling blocks in the country. The iPhone maker appears close to resolving a trademark issue and gaining exclusive control over the iPhone brand in Brazil. Meanwhile, a Brazilian consumer protection group recently filed suit against Apple, claiming that the company's new fourth-generation iPad was an example of "planned obsolescence" since it followed so quickly after the third-generation model.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    sol77sol77 Posts: 203member


    I keep reading "rumors" about a "low cost" iphone.  Is there a utility in producing a "low cost" iphone when the previous models do just fine?  Am I missing something, or are the proponents of a low cost phone missing something?  Could somebody offer a sentence or more about that? 

     

  • Reply 2 of 8
    ron fron f Posts: 4member
    Perhaps in the user perception is better to buy a brand new low cost model than a, probably superior, two years old model.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,505member
    sol77 wrote: »
    I keep reading "rumors" about a "low cost" iphone.  Is there a utility in producing a "low cost" iphone when the previous models do just fine?  Am I missing something, or are the proponents of a low cost phone missing something?  Could somebody offer a sentence or more about that? 

     

    To many analysts, "Low cost" iPhone would be new rather than a 2 y.o. iPhone. Even though I bet the internals would be similar.

    It looks like the Brazil production is ramping up.
  • Reply 4 of 8
    dinoonedinoone Posts: 49member
    Could it be that the advanced logistics of Made-in-Brazil Apple/Foxconn impacted the consequent Brazilian tax regime, usually high on imported electronics, making the iPhone 4 and 4S "Brazilian" electronics, bearing a lower overall tax and therefore resulting in lower street prices?
  • Reply 5 of 8
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    dinoone wrote: »
    Could it be that the advanced logistics of Made-in-Brazil Apple/Foxconn impacted the consequent Brazilian tax regime, usually high on imported electronics, making the iPhone 4 and 4S "Brazilian" electronics, bearing a lower overall tax and therefore resulting in lower street prices?

    That was my first thought. (Haven't had a second thought as of yet.)
  • Reply 6 of 8
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member


    Unless the outrageous taxes have suddenly been slashed, then Apple shouldn't be lowering their own price, causing shrinking margins. The ridiculous taxes are not Apple's doing.

  • Reply 7 of 8
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,505member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    Unless the outrageous taxes have suddenly been slashed, then Apple shouldn't be lowering their own price, causing shrinking margins. The ridiculous taxes are not Apple's doing.

    The taxes are on imports. So if the Brazil factories are fully operational, the Brazilians won't have to indirectly pay the tax.
  • Reply 8 of 8
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    jungmark wrote: »
    The taxes are on imports. So if the Brazil factories are fully operational, the Brazilians won't have to indirectly pay the tax.


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