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Apple iPhone 5 is cheapest in Canada

Canada has been named the cheapest territory to buy an Apple iPhone 5 from, according to a survey carried out by price comparison website Idealo (opens in new tab) across 25 countries globally.

On average, someone purchasing an iPhone 5 in Canada stands to spend £444, a whopping £85 less than they would in the UK, which is equal to a 16 per cent saving. They would also be spending an incredible £148 less than they would in Hungary, which is home to the most expensive SIM-free iPhone 5 in the world, at £592.

Surprisingly, even across the Eurozone, there are some significant price differences, with the Netherlands as the cheapest country by a whisker and Italy as the most expensive by a distance.

(opens in new tab)The analysis excluded pricing from 13 countries mostly from BRIC and Asia. The US was included but it’s worth noting that you cannot buy an iPhone 5 there SIM-free. At £529, the UK came out 7th, marginally cheaper than the average worldwide SIM-free price for the device, which stands at just under £534 including VAT.

The Apple iPhone 5 was launched on 12 September and sold an incredible two million units in the first weekend after going on sale. It has been Apple’s most popular smartphone yet.

Check out our review of the Apple iPhone 5 here.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.