Purchasing an iPhone from abroad can appear cost-effective, but the financial advantages may not apply to all models. Let’s examine the pricing of the iPhone 15 series in India before diving into the details.
In India, the iPhone 15 series is priced as follows:
Apple iPhone 15: Starts at Rs 79,900
Apple iPhone 15 Plus: Starts at Rs 89,900
Apple iPhone 15 Pro: Starts at Rs 1,34,900
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max: Starts at Rs 1,59,900
While significant savings can be realized on the Pro models when buying abroad, the price difference for non-Pro models like the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus isn’t as substantial, making it less favorable to purchase them from overseas.
Here are the prices of non-Pro models in the US, Dubai, and Singapore:
iPhone 15: Starts at $799 (approximately Rs 66,315)
iPhone 15 Plus: Starts at $899 (approximately Rs 74,654)
iPhone 15: Starts at AED 3,399 (approximately Rs 76,946)
iPhone 15 Plus: Starts at AED 3,799 (approximately Rs 86,001)
iPhone 15: Starts at S$1,299 (approximately Rs 79,217)
iPhone 15 Plus: Starts at S$1,449 (approximately Rs 88,448)
Here’s the actual savings you can expect when purchasing the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus from abroad:
Buying from the US: You can save around Rs 13,000 and Rs 15,246. However, Apple is offering an additional Rs 5,000 discount on non-Pro models in India with HDFC cards, reducing the price difference to Rs 9,000 and Rs 10,000.
Buying from Dubai and Singapore: The price difference is not significant, around Rs 3,000 for Dubai and similar to Singapore. In India, you can also get these phones at a lower price, including a bank discount of Rs 5,000.
Furthermore, considering the price trends of newer iPhone models, they often become available at lower prices a few months after launch or during festive sales. For instance, last year’s iPhone 14 was available for Rs 67,000, including the bank discount. It’s anticipated that the iPhone 15 will also see reduced prices in the future, making the case for buying from the US less compelling.