Here it is, folks. The pricing for the upcoming iPhone 5 has been released, and it’s a bit more expensive than the 4 and 4S were when they were released in July 2010 and October 2011 respectively.
The 16GB iPhone 5 will start at $179.99 on a 3-year term. That’s a $20 increase from the previous years, and can either be attributed to inflation (because it sure isn’t the weak Canadian dollar) or higher costs at Apple.
Bell’s contract pricing on a 3-year term, assuming the same formula applies this year as last, is as follows.
16GB – $179.95
32GB – $289.95
64GB – $389.95
We only have confirmation of the 16GB price at the moment. But that’s a lot of money to spend on a phone when signing a 3-year contract. Note that the iPhone 5 is $50 more expensive for each model when purchased outright from Apple as well.
16GB – $699.95
32GB – $799.95
64GB – $899.95
What do you think? Is the higher price going to affect your decision to purchase the iPhone 5?
Update: For those interested in HD Voice, we’ve received an internal Bell doc that says “The iPhone 5 is also HD Voice capable and Bell is the only nationwide carrier in Canada to offer HD Voice which provides the clearest call quality available.” – IH
Update #2: TELUS sent us an email regarding HD Voice: “We now support HD Voice on the TELUS network with the iPhone 5 being our first HD Voice enabled device.” – IH