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Get your iPhone in India for $99 ( ~ Rs 4500 ) Only!

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That got your attention ? Well, brace up, this is a rant.

Note: This is something I had stored on long, long ago. I decided to post this because people keep saying the same old shit - ‘its only 4k in US blah blah. This post was triggered by that guy Pranav ( 😛 ). Pranav - if you’re trying to reject this -

pranav.shastri: its a noob noob world
Sathyajith: and you believed that too /eyeroll
pranav.shastri: i didnt…thts y i wanted to clarify frm u
cos i knw u gt urs frm there
Sathyajith: pranav.shastri204: frickin iphone is $99 in US man
Sathyajith: no it isnt
pranav.shastri: yup it is
pranav.shastri: hmmm 😀
Here we go.


Comprende ?

I hear you say but, but its on the Apple website.

ooook. See the little (1) next the price ? Well read it:
Let me put it here:

Requires new two-year AT&T wireless service contract, sold separately to qualified customers; credit check required; must be 18 or older. Existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G should check with AT&T or use to find out if they are eligible for early upgrade pricing: $299 (8GB), $399 (16GB), or $499 (32GB) with a new two-year contract.

Still, no?

Unlike India, you don't (rephrase: 99% of people don't) purchase the phone outright. The $99 = downpayment.
The rest of the cost is covered in monthly phone bill. The average per month bill is around (lets assume load it with everything), $120. Again, its an average. It might be more, it might be less. Do some math.

$99 + 120*24 = ???
Yes, it's $2979. That's the cost you'll have to bear.

Oooo, I'll break the contract. Erm. Nada.
Break the contract within a month = you have to return the phone.
OK, I'll wait. There's something called early termination fee: it goes upto $175.

Ok, $99 + 175 = $275 = YAAY! WIN!!!!!
Erm, down boy. You can't break the contract that easily, not unless you have a valid reason.

OOoh, I'll report stolen and get it.
Wake up, this ain't India where you can get an FIR done in 5 bucks.

Oooh, I'll purchase and leave the country.
Um, Let me bring up the terms again.
credit check required.

Credit check = based on your SSN. SSN will reveal anything and everything about you. You default, when you come back, there will be whole bunch of whoop ass on you.

OK? Any questions ?