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.