Late last week, both Airtel and Aircel announced some ridiculous prices for the iPhone 4S that goes on sale on Friday, November 25. For those living under a rock – Rs 44,500 (16GB), Rs 49,900 (32GB) and Rs 57,500 (64GB). Over the weekend I wrote I won’t be buying the iPhone 4S from India as it is not worth paying the high premium just to get after sales support. Hardly anything goes wrong with an iPhone (unless you are jinxed) and physical damage (busted display etc) are not covered under warranty anyway. Yes, there are some interesting alternatives coming up for the iPhone 4S (which were mentioned in the same article) but still I would love to have an iPhone 4S. Also Read - 'Concept' iPhone 4S makes it to Airtel's launch invite [#fail]
So I spent most of my Sunday figuring out where do you get the cheapest iPhone 4S and prepared a cheatsheet. Yes, Hong Kong offers the cheapest price (Rs 33,500 for 16GB) but it is out of stock with no indication of when it will be available. Also, it helps if you have friends or family in any of these countries who happen to be coming back soon, so you can figure out whether they can carry one for you. And to top things off, they might even be eligible for a VAT/GST refund in case they are non-residents in that country, which could sweeten the deal even more. Read on to find which country you should aim to get your iPhone 4S from. Also Read - Airtel announces iPhone 4 8GB at Rs 37,900
Spoiler Alert: NOT INDIA!
Some disclaimers: Apple won’t provide any after-sales service or support in India for iPhones bought outside India. In case there is some manufacturing defect/other fault, you won’t be able to get it serviced at any Apple authorized service center. We have rounded off the figures for ease of use and are indicative prices that might vary with the actual cost. All prices mentioned below include local taxes. You can check at the Apple Store whether you are eligible for a tax refund. If eligible, the store will offer a tax refund certificate that can be refunded at the airport while leaving that country. All the prices mentioned below are for iPhone 4S 16GB.