The iPhone 5 will hit stores in Israel in December, but if you want to be part of the technologically elite, who are always on top of the latest trends, it will cost you big.
The newest iPhone costs about $700 (NIS 2,750) in the US for an unlocked 16 gigabyte version. In Israel that same phone will be sold in private stores with a starting price that is almost double that of its U.S. price tag. The phones are expected to sell from NIS 4,800 up to NIS 7,000.
Purchasing the phone in other global markets is obviously more expensive than buying one in the U.S. - Canada (NIS 2,800), Germany (NIS 3,445), the UK (NIS 3,360) - but those costs are nowhere near how much an Israel-purchased iPhone will set you back.