South Africans can expect large financial knocks if they are looking for the latest smartphones. With the weakening rand and the harsh economic environment, South Africans are having to fish much deeper into their pockets to buy their favourite gadgets.
The reality is that if you are looking to buy new expensive cell phones, you can expect to either pay hundreds of rands on a monthly contract or above the ten thousand rand region per handset.
If you are considering the merits of buying a cell phone on contract, you may be relieved to know that this may be the best option if you are looking for new expensive cell phones.
According to Antony Seeff, CEO of cellular savings company Tariffic, networks heavily subsidise the costs of the expensive handsets when selling you a contract.
If you choose to pay cash for your cell phone, you can expect to pay these prices:
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge +
Apple iPhone 6 (128 GB)
Apple iPhone 6Plus (128 GB)
Huawei Mate S
While these models are quite expensive, they can hardly compare to the most expensive handsets in the world.
iPhone 3G King’s Button
Selling for $2.4 million, the King’s Button comes with 138 diamonds and the home screen button is a single white diamond of 6.6 carats. The famous jeweller behind this phone comes from Austria.
Supreme Gold Striker iPhone 3G
The Gold Striker features a casing made from 271 g of solid 22k gold. Selling of $3.2 million, the phone also has a home button made from a single rare 7.1 carat diamond.
Diamond Rose iPhone 4
The 32GB phone is available for $8 million and was designed by Stuart Hughes. Made of rose gold and almost 500 single faultless diamonds, the phone also features a 53 diamond Apple logo.