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The cheapest place to buy an iPhone 15

The iPhone 15 isn’t even available to buy yet, but there are a few things we know about it. We know that it’s going to be a very impressive device —the iPhone 14 is a powerful handset that measures up to any Android phone on the market, and its predecessor is expected to be no less stellar. We also already know how much it will be in each different country. This led us to ask, where is the cheapest place to buy an iPhone 15?

It’s worth asking this question because the pricing of the iPhone 15 can be considerably different when you cross borders, and we’re also thinking of it from a US resident’s perspective. Most nationals buying in the States have to pay sales tax when purchasing the iPhone 15, but that isn’t the case when you’re abroad. In fact, if you’re passing through a country as a tourist, you may even be able to claim a rebate on the sales tax when you buy the phone in that country. This is one reason that some people like to shop when they’re abroad.

How does that affect the amount that you’ll be paying for the iPhone 15 outside of the US? Let’s crunch the numbers.

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Japan is currently the cheapest place to buy the iPhone 15, followed by China and Canada.


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What are the cheapest countries to buy an iPhone 15?

We looked up the price of the iPhone 15 in dozens of countries to make this comparison, based on the price of buying the unlocked model from the official Apple site of each region. There will be ways to get the phone for less than the retail price via carrier plans or by trading in your old phone, but these aren’t without caveats. You may even encounter vendors trying to sell you the handset at a much better price while traveling, but we’d advise caution on such offers. If it’s not from an official Apple retailer and it’s suspiciously cheap right after the phone launched, you might be looking at a stolen or fake model.

The table below shows how much a US resident would pay for the iPhone 15 in each country in US dollar terms. We’ve spared you the calculations, but the prices you’re seeing are the cost of the phone in the relevant country, less the amount of tax you can claim back as a tourist, and then converted into USD on the date of publication. The United States is the exception here in that the sales tax has been added. This varies depending on your state, but with the iPhone 15 retailing for $799 in America, we’ve used $875 as the price plus tax as an average benchmark for how much you’d end up paying at home.

Rank Country USD Rank Country USD
Rank

1

Country

Japan

USD

$763

Rank

19

Country

Finland

USD

$915

Rank

2

Country

China

USD

$824

Rank

20

Country

Italy

USD

$916

Rank

3

Country

Canada

USD

$833

Rank

21

Country

France

USD

$917

Rank

4

Country

South Korea

USD

$849

Rank

22

Country

Belgium

USD

$917

Rank

5

Country

Thailand

USD

$859

Rank

23

Country

Czech Republic

USD

$925

Rank

6

Country

Australia

USD

$867

Rank

24

Country

Netherlands

USD

$928

Rank

7

Country

Switzerland

USD

$867

Rank

25

Country

Sweden

USD

$931

Rank

8

Country

United States

USD

$875

Rank

26

Country

Malaysia

USD

$941

Rank

9

Country

Hong Kong

USD

$881

Rank

27

Country

Norway

USD

$955

Rank

10

Country

Taiwan

USD

$888

Rank

28

Country

Poland

USD

$966

Rank

11

Country

Austria

USD

$888

Rank

29

Country

Denmark

USD

$967

Rank

12

Country

UEA

USD

$889

Rank

30

Country

India

USD

$971

Rank

13

Country

Spain

USD

$897

Rank

31

Country

New Zealand

USD

$973

Rank

14

Country

Luxembourg

USD

$899

Rank

32

Country

United Kingdom

USD

$998

Rank

15

Country

Ireland

USD

$906

Rank

33

Country

Philippines

USD

$1,006

Rank

16

Country

Singapore

USD

$907

Rank

34

Country

Mexico

USD

$1,268

Rank

17

Country

Germany

USD

$908

Rank

35

Country

Turkey

USD

$1,857

Rank

18

Country

Portugal

USD

$915

Rank

36

Country

Brazil

USD

$1,879

The cheapest place to buy an iPhone 15 is Japan, and by some distance. The phone will cost you $763 there if you claim back the 10% sales tax before you leave. The next cheapest countries are China at $824 and Canada at $833, with a handful of other countries being marginally less expensive than the USA.

On the flip side, Turkey and Brazil are by far the most expensive countries to buy the iPhone 15 in dollars. While the majority of the territories are in the $800 to $1,000 bracket, those two have the phone priced at over $1,800. There are a few possible reasons for this that we’ve touched on below.

Should I buy an iPhone 15 from another country?

It certainly isn’t worth a US resident traveling to Japan or any other country with the main intention of buying the iPhone 15. The very most you’ll save is around $100, and the cost of your trip will be many times that amount. A Brazilian who could literally buy two of the devices for the price that they would pay for one at home might be more tempted to make the trip.

If you just happen to be passing through one of the cheaper countries for business or pleasure, you might think it’s worth buying the iPhone 15 at a marginally lower price. You’d have to be sure you have time to claim your rebate and know the process involved. You should also be aware that the phone may be differently configured out of the box, and any manufacturer guarantee could be much more difficult to utilize once you get home. Our advice would be not to bother.

Why is the iPhone 15 cheaper in some countries and expensive in others?

The cheapest place to buy the iPhone 15

The price of the iPhone 15 in each country will depend on lots of market forces specific to that region. These include the various taxes, import duties, and delivery costs to get the phone on the shelves, plus the consumer demand for the device. The profit margin Apple feels it can add on based on the spending power in the country is also a factor. It may seem crazy that the phone could be double the price in some parts of the world, but the company will have done its market research.

We also have to come back to the main caveat of this article, which is that we’re running the comparison by converting the price in each country into US dollars. This brings exchange rates into the discussion, and the global economy has been more than a little turbulent in recent years. Exchange rates could have fluctuated quite a lot since the prices in each country were decided by the Apple team, and they may even have ideas about how such rates could be expected to change in the future. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a different country at the top of the list when we revisit this article in the coming weeks and months.


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The iPhone 15 will be available to pre-order from September 15 and released on September 22.

 

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