iPhone’s exclusive American operator AT&T ends up paying out $18 a month to Apple just for the privilege of stocking the thing, thanks to data revealed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
Plus iPhone doesn’t come with any old contract – poor Americans are LOCKED DOWN for a full two years, hence all the fuss about unlocking it. Then you’ve got the price of the phone itself on top of that. It all comes to $831 winging its way to lucky old Apple.
The phone itself only costs in the region of $250 to make, according to industry experts, making Apple a staggering $580 profit on each and every iPhone it sells. Plus you’ve got your additional revenues. Your ring tone sales, your iTunes sales, your wi-fi browsing deals – you may as well add Steve Jobs to your mortgage policy and give him a share of your house now.
With a UK price of £269 before contracts and the like, we’ll all be contributing an equally huge chunk of cash to Apple’s Christmas party fund when iPhone launches in the UK on November 9.