Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are actually cheaper in Australia

Angus Kidman 10 September 2015 NEWS

Australian pricing lower than the US.

Apple has suffered bad cases of "Australia tax" in the past, but that isn't the case with the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which were announced this morning (September 10).

If you buy an iPhone outright in Australia, the price is actually lower than in the US once you allow for the exchange rate and add GST. Outright prices in the US are stated without sales tax, which means most customers pay more than the quoted price.

Here's the price comparison based on the September 10 exchange rate:

ModelAU priceUS priceConverted
iPhone 6s 16GB$1,079.00$649.00$1,020.88
iPhone 6s 64GB$1,229.00$749.00$1,178.18
iPhone 6s 128GB$1,379.00$849.00$1,335.48
iPhone 6s Plus 16GB$1,229.00$749.00$1,178.18
iPhone 6s Plus 64GB$1,379.00$849.00$1,335.48
iPhone 6s Plus 128GB$1,529.00$949.00$1,492.78

On those rates, you'll pay between $59 and $37 less to buy an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus outright in Australia. While the difference isn't massive, Apple can't be accused of rorting local customers. The "headline price" quoted in the US of $US27 for the iPhone 6s and $US31 for the iPhone 6s Plus isn't relevant here, as that signs you up to a 24-month contract.

One other benefit US customers get is the new "iPhone Upgrade" scheme, which guarantees you an upgrade to the next iPhone model in 12 months, when the next model is released. The monthly payments are higher for that, starting at $32. Telstra runs a similar scheme, New Phone Feeling, in Australia. Apple has not announced any plans to roll out iPhone Upgrade outside the US yet.

Apple has confirmed to that pre-orders for the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus open at 5:01pm on Saturday 12 September.

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