iPhone – no hype in germany

Last night. T-Mobile stores in germany opened at midnight to serve the crowds of germans waiting for the iPhone. To their dismay, there were no crowds.

I think I know one of the reasons. Let’s compare prices, shall we?

USA: iPhone $399, cheapest plan $59,99 including 450 minutes with rollover, 200 SMS, unlimited data, unlimited mobile to mobile, 5000 minutes nights & weekends. Existing customers can add the iPhone data plan for $20.

Germany (USD rate calculated via xe.com): iPhone $585, cheapest plan $72 including 100 minutes without rollover, 40 SMS, unlimited data (which will be throttled to 64kBit/s after 200MB). Existing customers must get a second contract.

Spot the difference.