1. kennethkilo's Avatar
    Anyone extremely annoyed by this? 749$ for a 32gb one in the states and 819$ here in Canada. After taxes that's 811.92 total in the states and 917.28 here... Convert that to CAD and you're looking at a 81.57$ extra charge. I'm tempted to drive down to the states and get one unlocked and contract free from an Apple store there...
    09-22-2013 10:15 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Wouldn't you still get hit with the tax at the border on the way home going through customs?
    09-22-2013 10:19 PM
  3. nokia4life's Avatar
    no i bought mine on att at cost 32 space grey after everything apple care and other stuff was at the cost of a laptop pay premium price for premium device sides most top line smartphones are 650 up anyway at least on att the gs4 16gb when it was released was 649.00 at cost whats with everyone acting like apple charges to much
    09-22-2013 10:28 PM
  4. kennethkilo's Avatar
    @kch50428 That is true... but when are people completely honest towards the customs people haha.
    @nokia4life Yes, but I would need to pay 80$ more than what you did pay... which would be like getting quite a few accessories.
    09-22-2013 10:39 PM
  5. nokia4life's Avatar
    Got it

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    09-22-2013 10:44 PM
  6. porksoda's Avatar
    We have CRTC's new ruling about contracts cannot exceed 24 months. So to accommodate that our providers (the big three) made it manditory to be able to buy an iphone you need to have a plan > $60.00 and rumours suggest the higher price point from apple was also pushed by the big three. The gap/difference between US and CDN pricing this year has been the largest so far.
    09-23-2013 12:12 AM
  7. solitude1984's Avatar
    Yes I'm very angry about that!! I wish I could go to the US to get one but I just don't have the time.
    09-23-2013 05:51 AM
  8. gvndeb60's Avatar
    Take it as a tax for free health care. I'll trade you if you want, I will pay $80 more for the phone every year and you can pay a few hundred for insurance every month.




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    09-23-2013 07:40 AM
  9. tigerinexile's Avatar
    Remember to factor in gas costs to your cross-border calculations.

    I always remind myself to add forty bucks in gas to my calculations re savings in Buffalo...
    09-23-2013 01:06 PM
  10. kennethkilo's Avatar
    I live about 30 mins away from the border, not to mention I'll just fuel up in the states AND SAVE another 40$ on gas prices. Canada mannnnnn...
    09-23-2013 06:17 PM
  11. porksoda's Avatar
    Our "big 3" have for sure made it difficult for us to upgrade phones. Initially they would cut you a break here and there and you could upgrade. Just 3-4 years ago we only had 2 year contracts, somehow they made it 3 years to squeeze more money out of us and now they claim since the contracts have to be 2 years they need to collect more revenue to offset the device subsidy.

    e.g

    Last year i bought out my subsidy + discounts and i paid $673.48 w taxes

    This year if i were to buy out my subsidy and upgrade i would be paying: $855.69 w taxes

    But wait, the new rule of having the voice and data component of the plan must be > $60 make the cost even higher. If i switch to a plan that is similar to my current plan then i would be paying $30.48 per month more ($365.71 yearly).

    So in essence this year's phone upgrade's cost is: $1221.4 w taxes

    Buying unlocked from apple is: $1038.47 a savings of $182.93

    So driving 30 mins to go to states does make sense for folks who live cross border, hell if someone was willing to purchase one for me id pay them little extra for gas as well.
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    09-23-2013 09:58 PM
  12. Trees's Avatar
    This does seem off. With the original $749 US, per Yahoo Finance today, that's $770.6012 CAD. Which is a $48.3988 CAD delta from $819 CAD. Not sure I understand that one?

    Specifically, does it cost more to ship into or within Canada? Or are there additional tariffs that Apple pays to sell iPhones in Canada?
    Last edited by Dog5000; 09-23-2013 at 10:32 PM.
    09-23-2013 10:16 PM
  13. LazyStarGazer's Avatar
    Could be worse.
    People in Australia & New Zealand pay quite a bit more than we do in Canada.

    In the Australian Apple store, the 32gb is $999.00 AU dollars.
    09-23-2013 11:06 PM
  14. porksoda's Avatar
    This does seem off. With the original $749 US, per Yahoo Finance today, that's $770.6012 CAD. Which is a $48.3988 CAD delta from $819 CAD. Not sure I understand that one?

    Specifically, does it cost more to ship into or within Canada? Or are there additional tariffs that Apple pays to sell iPhones in Canada?
    It's by design probably insisted by the big 3. If apple kept their price from last year this would make things difficult for the big 3. Not only are they laughing with the higher price on the phone but they are also laughing because they are making everyone switch to a higher profitable plan(s). Initially my plan of $60.00 gives them anywhere from $17-$32 for subsidy recovery, which translates to $612-$1152 over 3 years; but now a plan that is priced higher the subsidy recovery is $17-$32 + 27 which translates to $1056-$1416 over 2 years.

    If you buy your own telephone then rogers gives you a break for 10% or $20 a month on plans (I think), which means they are STILL eating the subsidy recovery on the plan @ $24-$39 / month.

    So when you calculate and punch in all the figures, this new crtc 2 year commitment is only good for the big 3 to suck more money out of us.
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    09-23-2013 11:34 PM
  15. Rocket_Girl's Avatar
    Our "big 3" have for sure made it difficult for us to upgrade phones. Initially they would cut you a break here and there and you could upgrade. Just 3-4 years ago we only had 2 year contracts, somehow they made it 3 years to squeeze more money out of us and now they claim since the contracts have to be 2 years they need to collect more revenue to offset the device subsidy.

    e.g

    Last year i bought out my subsidy + discounts and i paid $673.48 w taxes

    This year if i were to buy out my subsidy and upgrade i would be paying: $855.69 w taxes

    But wait, the new rule of having the voice and data component of the plan must be > $60 make the cost even higher. If i switch to a plan that is similar to my current plan then i would be paying $30.48 per month more ($365.71 yearly).

    So in essence this year's phone upgrade's cost is: $1221.4 w taxes

    Buying unlocked from apple is: $1038.47 a savings of $182.93

    So driving 30 mins to go to states does make sense for folks who live cross border, hell if someone was willing to purchase one for me id pay them little extra for gas as well.
    That's crazy! By trend of three years, you'd have a relic! iPhone is nap out the only device that will last that long and continue to receive updates. Sorry guys- that stinks.
    09-24-2013 02:00 AM
  16. Rocket_Girl's Avatar
    It's by design probably insisted by the big 3. If apple kept their price from last year this would make things difficult for the big 3. Not only are they laughing with the higher price on the phone but they are also laughing because they are making everyone switch to a higher profitable plan(s). Initially my plan of $60.00 gives them anywhere from $17-$32 for subsidy recovery, which translates to $612-$1152 over 3 years; but now a plan that is priced higher the subsidy recovery is $17-$32 + 27 which translates to $1056-$1416 over 2 years.

    If you buy your own telephone then rogers gives you a break for 10% or $20 a month on plans (I think), which means they are STILL eating the subsidy recovery on the plan @ $24-$39 / month.

    So when you calculate and punch in all the figures, this new crtc 2 year commitment is only good for the big 3 to suck more money out of us.
    $749 is unsubsidized price for 32GBi (in US) . At 749+ CAD, What's to recover? They cut you no break ( no subsidy), there's nothing for them to recover. Now I really don't get it!
    09-24-2013 02:04 AM

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