Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus: How to get Apple's latest iPhones cheaper and earlier than India launch

Think the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 is too expensive? You are not alone. But here's how you can still buy the new iPhones without having to spend a bomb.


Apple unveiled its latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to the world earlier this week, and pre-orders kicked off last night. The first wave of 28 countries will receive the devices on September 16. Unfortunately, India doesn’t figure anywhere in the first wave (or second wave), and one has to wait till October 7 to get their hands on the new iPhones. However, if you are ready to wait for a month, there is another small matter of the exorbitant Rs 60,000 starting price that could put some off. But fret not, here’s how you can get either of the new iPhones for much lesser.

All you need is to find someone who can buy an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on your behalf and then fly it back for you to India. In case you are worried about an iPhone brought from another country not working in India, here’s why you can rest assured. Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus support all possible LTE bands. In other words, no matter where you buy a new iPhone from, it will seamlessly work in any country. However, you need to ensure that the iPhone is factory unlocked and not locked to any carrier. There is another thing about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models being in short supply at launch.

Now let’s get back to the pricing bit, and next month you will be able to buy a new iPhone 7 32GB variant in India for Rs 60,000. While Apple has not revealed the pricing for other storage options or the iPhone 7 Plus, going by precedence, it could nearly touch Rs 100,000 for the top-end iPhone 7 Plus 256GB model. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus hands-on and first impressions roundup

Where to buy the cheapest Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

Fortunately, the new iPhones are not as exorbitantly priced outside India. A quick look at the table below proves that the United States is the best place to get your hands on the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, followed very closely by the UAE. Prices for an unlocked version of the iPhone 7 in the US start from $649, which is approximately Rs 43,100. Even if you were to add the local taxes, the prices go up to Rs 46,700, which is still a killer deal. As for the iPhone 7 Plus, it is available for $769, which is approximately Rs 51,000. Add the taxes, and it goes up to Rs 55,400.

Following very closely is the UAE, where there are no taxes to inflate the price tag. Prices for the 32GB iPhone 7 starts from AED 2,599 (Rs 47,000), while the 32GB iPhone 7 Plus is priced at AED 3,099 (Rs 56,000). Other options include Hong Kong and Japan. Prices for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in Hong Kong starts from HK$5,588 (Rs 47,800) and HK$6,588 (Rs 56,400) respectively. Like the UAE, there are no local taxes to inflate the price tag.

That said, there is one small catch. Besides saving a few bucks, this method should only be used if you are really desperate to get your hands on the new iPhones for cheap. Apple doesn’t provide global warranty for iPhones, which could be a problem if something goes wrong with your iPhone when you are using it in India, since Apple India’s service centers won’t entertain the device. The only option would be to get it repaired at a third-party repair store, which will also void any warranty that Apple would provide in the country of purchase or to send the iPhone back to the country of purchase and get it fixed/repaired at an Apple Store. ALSO READ: Should you buy the Apple iPhone 7?

Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus price (after tax)





Hong Kong


Apple iPhone 7 32GB $700
(Rs 46,700)
AED 2,599
(Rs 47,000)
(Rs 47,800)
(Rs 51,000)
128GB $808
(Rs 54,000)
AED 2,999
(Rs 54,200)
(Rs 54,700)
(Rs 54,700)
256GB $915
(Rs 61,100)
AED 3,399
(Rs 61,400)
(Rs 61,500)
(Rs 66,500)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB $829
(Rs 55,400)
AED 3,099
(Rs 56,000)
(Rs 56,400)
(Rs 60,100)
128GB $937
(Rs 62,600)
AED 3,499
(Rs 63,300)
(Rs 63,270)
(Rs 67,900)
256GB $1,045
(Rs 69,800)
AED 3,899
(Rs 70,500)
(Rs 71,000)
(Rs 75,600)

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  • Published Date: September 9, 2016 6:19 PM IST