Apple iPhone 5s, 5c prices in SA compared

Apple‘s latest smartphones, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, were launched in South Africa on 15 November 2013.

The mobile operators released a range of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c packages, which include voice minutes, data and SMSs with the device.

Apple retail outlets like the iStore, Incredible Connection and Dion Wired are also ranging the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c as an outright purchase.

A few days later FNB made the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c available to its customers. FNB’s prices start at R449 per month for the 16GB iPhone 5s and R379 per month for the 16GB iPhone 5c.

FNB faced some criticism from local Internet users for its iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c prices. Ilse Smuts, head of marketing of FNB Core Banking Solutions, said that their offering gives users freedom.

“FNB offers the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c as a fully unlocked phone to clients, giving them the freedom of choice when selecting the best data and voice packages available to suit their needs. This can result in significant future savings,” said Smuts.

This raises the question how the total cost of ownership for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c compare. The following tables provide an answer to this question.

iPhone 5c 16GB
Operator Contract Airtime Data SMS Monthly price Total cost
MTN Anytime 100 24 months R100 300MB 25 R279 R6,696
Cash price No contract 0 0 0 R8,499 (once off) R8,499
FNB 24 months 0 0 0 R379 R9,096
Vodacom Smart S 24 months 75 minutes 200MB 200 R399 R9,576
Telkom Mobile Smartplan 50 24 months 50 minutes 75MB (+500MB) R399 R9,576
Cell C Straight Up 100 24 months 100 minutes 100MB 100 R399 R9,576
iPhone 5c 32GB
MTN Anytime 100 24 months R100 300MB 25 R329 R7,896
Cash price No contract 0 0 0 R9,999 (once off) R9,999
FNB 24 months 0 0 0 R439 R10,536
Cell C Straight Up 100 24 months 100 minutes 100MB 100 R549 R13,176
iPhone 5s 16GB
Cash price No contract 0 0 0 R9,999 (once off) R9,999
MTN Anytime 200 24 months R200 500MB 200 R429 R10,296
FNB 24 months 0 0 0 R449 R10,776
Vodacom Smart S 24 months 75 minutes 200MB 200 R469 R11,256
Cell C Straight Up 100 24 months 100 minutes 1000MB 100 R499 R11,976
Telkom Mobile Smartplan 100 24 months 100 150MB (+5GB) R529 R12,696
iPhone 5s 32GB
MTN Anytime 200 24 months R200 500MB 200 R479 R11,496
Cash price No contract 0 0 0 R11,499 (once off) R11,499
FNB 24 months 0 0 0 R509 R12,216
Vodacom Smart S 24 months 75 minutes 200MB 200 R529 R12,696
Telkom Mobile Smartplan 100 24 months 100 150MB (+5GB) R599 R14,376
Cell C Straight Up 100 24 months 100 minutes 400MB 100 R599 R14,376
iPhone 5s 64GB
MTN Anytime 200 24 months R200 500MB 200 R529 R12,696
Cash price No contract 0 0 0 R12,999 (once off) R12,999
FNB 24 months 0 0 0 R579 R13,896
Vodacom Smart M 24 months 120 minutes 300MB 300 R679 R16,296
Cell C Straight Up 100 24 months 100 minutes 400MB 100 R679 R16,296

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