Just got back from Vodacom today. Their cash prices for the iPhone 4 are R7836 (16GB) and R9261 (23GB). Haven't checked MTN yet.
What is it with South Africa? The corresponding prices in US, UK, Germany, are (today's exchange rate):
US (16GB): $750 (R5185) Amazon
US (32GB): $935 (R6473) Amazon
UK (16GB): £510 (R5628) Apple
UK (32GB): £612 (R6753) Apple
Germany (16GB): €629 (R5803) Apple
Germany (33GB): €739 (R6818) Apple
Notice the markup in the UK and Germany. But it's a few hundred Rand, not R2651 and R2788, respectively! Even if you argue that that includes customs duty and VAT, the difference is still too big. Now that the iPhone is available at MTN and independent dealers, as well, I would have thought that competition would exert a downward pressure on prices. But not so. It sure looks like a racket to rip off the South African consumer. Why isn't anyone importing these phones and selling them at a DECENT markup? ...
Or am I missing something.
Frustrated would-be iPhone buyer.