ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

iPhone 5 Price Comparison: USA is cheapest, UK most expensive

It might take a while until Apple opens a store in Bhutan. In the meantime, Bhutanese will need to shop for iPhones in other markets. We have collected information about the price of the unlocked iPhone 5 in various markets which might be of interest. Note: the iPhone 5 is still not available for sale in Thailand.

iPhone 5 prices, local currency

16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
USD  649
USD  749
USD  849
CAD  699
CAD  799
CAD  899
SGD  948
SGD 1088
SGD 1238
AUD  799
AUD  899
AUD  999
GBP  529
GBP  599
GBP  699

iPhone 5 prices, Ngultrum (September 17, 2012)

16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
USABTN 35,240BTN 40,670BTN 46,100
CanadaBTN 39,120BTN 44,710 BTN 50,310
Singapore BTN 42,160 BTN 48,390 BTN 55,060
Australia  BTN 45,700 BTN 51,420 BTN 57,140
UK BTN 46,590 BTN 52,760BTN 61,560

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