Ap­ple’s iPhone 6S may be the prici­est smart­phone made

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ENRU LIN

Ap­ple’s iPhone 6S se­ries, which goes on sale Fri­day in Tai­wan, could be the most ex­pen­sive ever.

Tai­wan’s lead­ing mo­bile car­ri­ers un­veiled their price plans for Ap­ple’s latest launch yesterday.

The of­fer­ings look sim­i­lar: for con­tracts start­ing at NT$1,300 a month, the iPhone 6S is avail­able at around NT$9,900.

For an iPhone 6S that costs noth­ing up front, cus­tomers must shell out for a new 24- to 30-month con­tract that is priced at least NT$2,599 a month.

Al­ready at a pre­mium price point in U.S. dol­lar terms, the latest iPhone is even pricier on a weak New Tai­wan dol­lar, which slid to a six-year low last month.

In the third quar­ter, Asian cur­ren­cies put up their worst per­for­mance in over a decade on China’s sur­prise de­val­u­a­tion of the yuan in Au­gust and mar­ket un­cer­tainty over a U.S. in­ter­e­strate in­crease.

Lin Kuo-feng ( ), vice pres­i­dent of Chunghwa Tele­com Co. ( ), said cur­rent ex­change rates have pushed the cost to im­port the phones to a record high.

Chunghwa Tele­com Co. is of­fer­ing a NT$0 iPhone 6S 16G for a hefty 24-month, NT$2,636/month con­tract.

There are no 12-month pric­ing plans by mo­bile car­ri­ers that of­fer a zero-cost phone, and on­con­tract smart­phone prices are up about NT$3,000 across the board.

On a 30- month, NT$ 1,336/ month plan, the iPhone 6S 64 GB costs NT$13,900 up front — NT$3,500 more com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor.

Tai­wan Mo­bile Co. ( ), Tai­wan’s No. 2 mo­bile car­rier, is among the sev­eral net­works of­fer­ing an up­grade plan.

Based on the pro­gram, sub­scribers pay NT$258 per month in ex­change for a 12-month hard­ware pro­tec­tion plan and an early iPhone up­grade.

Tai­wan Mo­bile is of­fer­ing the NT$0 iPhone 6S 16G on a 24-month con­tract at NT$2,599 per month, a com­par­a­tively com­pet­i­tive plan.

Far EasTone Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Co. Ltd. ( ), Tai­wan’s No. 3, has priced its iPhone 6S 16G at NT$0 for a 24-month con­tract at NT$2,699 per month.

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