Apple iPhone SE prices in Europe and India are sure not pretty
Love or hate the idea of a repackaged 4-inch iPhone with high-end internals, you have to admit that $400 starting rate for the US isn’t only surprising, it’s awfully tempting. Unfortunately, folks looking to buy the iPhone SE elsewhere aren’t as lucky, having to cough up close to $600 for the entry-level 16GB configuration.
Yes, it appears our old continent-residing friends and readers need to spend around €490 on the diminutive but not low-end new iPhone with insufficient storage space. That converts to $550, give or take, and it obviously surges further, to €590 or $665, if depositing digital stuff almost exclusively in the cloud doesn’t sound like something you’d do.
Remember, a 64GB iPhone SE is priced at $500 stateside, and while it’s relatively “normal” to see premiums charged on European shores due to various taxes, 165 bucks feels a little extreme.
But believe it or not, things are even worse in India, where Cupertino will ask Rs. 39,000 of 16GB iPhone SE buyers. No, not 30,000 rupees, as rumored and initially announced, but instead, the whopping equivalent of $585.
That’s not only preposterously high by American standards, it’s dangerously close to what the iPhone 6s nowadays costs at popular local retailers like Snapdeal – Rs. 40,750, or $612. Granted, compact handhelds remain fairly beloved around those parts, but that still doesn’t justify the minuscule gap between the two. For crying out loud, Apple, you can’t possibly be thinking of marketing the SE as a 6s equal. That’s simply not going to fly!