Because I don't like being abused.
Apple.com says: "Starting at $199."
However, here in Portugal, it costs 600€, which at the current exchange rate is something like $951.
Supposedly, operators should be providing the iPhone at a lower rate, possibly demanding a 24 month contract, or something like that.
Unfortunately, operators in Portugal are going a step further, demanding extra things for a client to qualify for the lower prices.
Vodafone - lower price
With Vodafone, you have to already have been a client 6 months ago, and you also need to have a number of points in your Vodafone account so you can trade for the discount.
Even then, the lowest price is 219,90€ a month, with a monthly rate of 64,90€ which comprises 500 minutes, 500 sms, and 500MB traffic. You also have to sign for 24 months.
Vodafone - regular price
The regular price is of 599,90€. You don't have to sign for the 24 months and you can choose the plan you want, but hey, the regular plans are really crappy, when it comes to data.
Optimus - lower price
The cheapest you can get the iPhone from Optimus is for 245€, but you gotta have 4200 points in your Optimus account.
Optimus - regular price
The regular price at Optimus is also 599,90€.
What is this?