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iPhone shortage preceding its launch in Brazil Friday

updated 09:30 pm EDT, Thu September 25, 2008

iPhone shortage in Brazil

Claro will begin selling the iPhone in Brazil on Friday, but does not expect to have enough to meet demand, according to Reuters. The first shipment from Apple only included 30,000 devices, while the list of Claro subscribers signed up for the phone exceeded 100,000 by late July. The phones will not come cheap, priced between $550 and $1,400 depending on the model and contract. Claro is the Brazillian branch of Mexico's America Movil carrier.

Claro CEO Joao Cox claimed the price differences are the result of state and federal taxes in Brazil. The iPhone will also be sold there Friday by its rival, Spain's Telefonica. "Demand is very strong. It's remarkable," said Cox, referencing the huge demanded. America Movil has over 150 million subscribers, with a significant portion from Brazil.

by MacNN Staff




  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How in the world can people be lining up to pay $1400 for a freaking phone? Does that model come with a prostitute or something?

  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Taxes on imported items in Brazil are insane. I was surprised they were going to try to sell the iPhone there. If you want a mac, expect to pay about double what it is in America.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: $1400

    I don't know. How in the world can anyone on the world line up for a freakin' phone, regardless of cost?

    And for $1400, she better be one helluva prostitute!

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