According to a survey by German website Idealo comparing prices across 25 countries, Canada came out on top in terms of the cheapest deals for the iPhone 5. Their survey is based on prices converted to the British Pound.
On average, the iPhone 5 in Canada costs £444. That is £85 less than the average price in the UK, a 16% savings. Even better is that the Canada price is £148 less than the price in Hungary – the home to the most expensive SIM-free iPhone 5 in the world, at £592. At £529 the UK came in 7th place, a little better than the worldwide average price of £534 for a SIM-free iPhone 5.
There is a large price variation, even across Europe, with the Netherlands as the cheapest country by a thin margin and Italy as the most expensive by a wide gap. The United States was included, but the US does not have a SI-free version so the price was higher than many other countries. The survey excluded pricing from 13 countries that sell the phone, mostly from BRIC and Asia.
The iPhone 5 launched on September 12th and has sold two million units in its first weekend alone. This makes it Apple’s most popular smartphone to date.