Apple raises French prices for iPhone 5s, 5c
Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 10:30am
| Apple has silently raised prices for the iPhone 5s and 5c in France, reports note. 16, 32, and 64GB versions of the 5s previously cost €699, €799, and €899. Now, however, they cost €709, €811, and €911, making even the cheapest 5s worth about $968. French iPhones are sold unlocked, but in the US, an unlocked 5s still starts at just $649.
Costs for the iPhone 5c have been hiked from €599 to €609 for 16GB, and from €699 to €711 for 32GB. In US dollars those prices translate to $832 and $970.
While Apple hasn't offered up an official explanation for the increase, it's suggested that Apple may be trying to keep profits high by shifting the burden of a local tax to the public. The French government levies a tax on some products in order to support lower barriers to media copying/sharing by the public, and compensate for piracy. The tax isn't new though, and hasn't been changed recently.