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White iPhone 4 to be more expensive than black?

updated 03:40 pm EST, Thu January 27, 2011

Orange France lists 20 premium

The white iPhone 4 could potentially cost buyers extra, listings at Orange France suggest. Pages on the carrier's website already depict 16 and 32GB white models, even though Apple has yet to announce the color as a shipping option. Orange is notably applying a 20 premium, for instance raising the cost of a 32GB phone from 299 to 319 on a two-year contract.

Delayed since the launch of the iPhone 4, the white option is finally believed to be on the verge of becoming reality. Listings have begun appearing on other carrier pages around the world, including Germany, the US and the UK. A Japanese report claims that Apple has turned to a new kind of paint material to solve problems causing large numbers of defective white units.

by MacNN Staff



  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh really?

    I don't recall Apple having a history of charging more for a product, depending on the color.

  1. yticolev

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh yes

    I'm typing this on a black MacBook, for which I paid $150 premium over the equivalent white MacBook. Still happy with that decision. In the past, "special" colored iPods have cost more. Same with certain patterned iMacs.

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ahahahah you got owned >:)

  1. chas_m



    To be fair ...

    At the time the BlackBook also had some other features that set it apart from the WhiteBook -- as I recall it came with more RAM and faster processor than the white one.

    But yeah, the idea of charging a bit more for a special edition is certainly not without precedent in the world of Apple.

  1. Tralthamidor

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple has charged more for products based on color. Especially the iPod. The red and black ones had separate colors and the iMac had a snow version that was more expensive.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    I don't understand why people want a white iPhone, they collect dirt much easier and usually cost more/go for more, especially used. I had a white 3GS and kept it in a black case it's entire life, so I didn't get to take advantage of it's whiteness at all. But even if I had, I bet it would have gotten filthy by the second day. I guess if you have a lot of white electronics or furniture it may match, until its dirty that is.

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