As usual, Apple only mentioned the pricing of the US version of the iPhone 4S at the announcement of the smartphone. Today, however, we also got the unlocked price of latest iPhone thanks to the regional Apple stores' websites.
Canadians unwilling to sign a long-term contract will have to pay CA$649 if they want to get the iPhone 4S. That equals US$616 or 460 and you don't need us to tell you that it is among the highest price tags on the market.
Presumably, the 32GB and 64GB versions of the iPhone 4S will be going for an extra $100 and $200 respectively.
As for the European pricing of the iPhone 4S - Apple Germany says that it will start at 629, whereas the UK citizen will have to part with at least £499 to get the latest iOS smartphone.
Apple also listed the SIM-free pricing for the 8GB version of the iPhone 4. That one goes for CA$549/519/£429, which doesnt seem like the bargain of the century either. Granted, you are getting the same design and display, but it's a smartphone that's more than a year old and that alone is worth a more significant price cut. Not to mention that the available (non-expandable) storage is quite limiting.
And yet the strangest deals of them all is the iPhone 3GS, which will sell for CA$375/369/£319 when purchased without contract. For that money you are getting a two-year old design, HVGA screen, 3 megapixel camera with VGA video recording, a 600 MHz CPU and 256 MB of RAM. Seriously, Apple?