The official sales of iPhone 5 in Russia began last Friday, December 14. In total, 25,000 iPhone 5 devices were sold in Russia in the first three days, according to Russian news. In comparison, in China, more than 2 million iPhone 5 devices were sold in the first three days since last Friday.
In Russia, Phone 5 is sold by mobile phone operator Beeline and retailer of Apple products re:Store as well as mobile phone retailers Svyaznoy and Euroset.
The low number of iPhone 5 handsets sold in Russia can be attributed to their high price. The official retail price of iPhone 5 in Russia (unlocked and contract-free) starts from 28,900 Roubles ($941) for 16GB model, 34,900 Roubles ($1,136) for 32GB model and 39,900 Roubles ($1,300) for 64GB model. In Russia, iPhone 5 16GB costs 45% higher than in the U.S., iPhone 5 32GB – 52% higher and iPhone 5 64GB – 53% higher than in the U.S.