UAE consumers pay premiums for new iPhones

Apple handsets snapped up by buyers willing to pay up to $1,635 for day-one access

Tags: Apple IncorporatedJacky's ElectronicsJumbo ElectronicsMTS International General Trading LLC (www.mtsinternational.ae)United Arab EmiratesVirgin Megastore
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UAE consumers pay premiums for new iPhones The iPhone 5S will sell for AED6,000.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 18, 2013

UAE consumers will be able to buy Apple's new handsets, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on Friday's international launch date, but will have to pay premiums of up to $1,635, ITP.net has learned.

GALLERY: The Apple iPhone 5S

GALLERY: The Apple iPhone 5C

The UAE is not included in the list of territories whose consumers will have day-one access to the new handsets. But while local retailers are unclear on availability or pricing, at least one company is already taking orders.

GALLERY: The Apple iPhone 5S

GALLERY: The Apple iPhone 5C

Online stores such as jadopado.com and uae.souq.com have yet to post prices for the 5C or the 5S. Some retailers sold the iPhone 5 for premium prices when it launched in September 2012, having sourced the device through grey channels, but representatives from Virgin Megastore, Jumbo Electronics and Jacky's all told ITP.net they had yet to receive details on the cost of the 5C or 5S.

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