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  • India Preparing for Major iPhone 4 Expansion


    On Monday, the world learned that Apple's iPhone 4 is about to make a major splash in one of the world's largest and most rapidly expanding mobile phone communities on the planet - the nation of India. According to the Wall Street Journal, two prominent telecommunication service providers in India say the iPhone 4 will be introduced on their networks "in the coming months."

    The news comes just as mobile telecom companies in India begin rolling out third-generation services. The new Indian iPhone 4 carriers include Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Aircel Ltd., although neither is presently commenting on the anticipated costs that will be associated with iPhone 4 ownership and usage in India.

    Second only to China with regard to the world's largest market for telecom services, India presently has more than 790 million mobile phone subscribers, many of whom are eager to get their hands on the iPhone 4. Bharti, which sells earlier models of the iPhone, says it has already added "2 million users to its 3G mobile telephone network," which only launched three months ago.

    Bringing up-to-date versions of the iPhone to India not long after their global debut elsewhere has been a goal for Apple and India-based wireless carriers for quite some time. Still, a considerable amount of lag-time continues to exist between the debut of new generation iPhone models and the timeframe in which the devices actually reach Indian mobile customers.

    Source: Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: India Preparing for Major iPhone 4 Expansion started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by xclusiveiphone View Post
      Like many of us, after experiencing a luxury device like an iPhone or Android there's no turning back.
      +1
    1. lasiaf's Avatar
      lasiaf -
      I was in india a year back and the iPhone experience is not how it is for me otherwise. Yes, working on an edge connection wich is not stable most of the time is not a nice thing at all. Yes I know 3G is available now, but I beleive the rates are high. How many you know who use 3G now ?
    1. ravelsnip's Avatar
      ravelsnip -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      Why? Apple sells factory unlocked iPhones to the UK for 500 pounds... I'm actually considering buying my next iPhone from there so I can use it worldwide.
      Stupid! That is the same as buying for 900$
    1. ravelsnip's Avatar
      ravelsnip -
      Imho apple are idiots to not launch iphone early in india! None of their models have been successful in india due to their dumb ignorance in the indian market..indians will not buy their outdated iphone4 esoecially when iphone5 is out in the corner
    1. Madman604x's Avatar
      Madman604x -
      EDIT wrong thread
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by ravelsnip View Post
      Stupid! That is the same as buying for 900$
      Who you calling stupid? It's $813. For the 32gb, a $63 premium over the US iPhone which is locked. Do your math before calling names and making an idiot of yourself.
    1. __neo's Avatar
      __neo -
      yes 3g is available now, as of now service providers are providing 3g for free to get the users hooked..after that they will start charging. I have gone through various packages and the charges are quite reasonable.
    1. gdsumit's Avatar
      gdsumit -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      I just can't reconcile this news with my mental view of India, which I understand to be mostly ultra-poor. I just imagine people with no food in an un-air-conditioned hut tapping away on an iPhone.

      I mean, of COURSE there's a wealthy upper class, but I never hear anything about the middle class in India. Is there one? There's simply a giant dark void in my knowledge of India...
      Get your facts right about India!!! You are more outdated than the official iPhone models in India.
    1. anu0512's Avatar
      anu0512 -
      That why they outsource IT from India.lol
    1. 123user2010's Avatar
      123user2010 -
      India no wanted for a locked phone that's why maker knows even though if they launch ther is no wanted
    1. oops1975's Avatar
      oops1975 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 123user2010 View Post
      India no wanted for a locked phone that's why maker knows even though if they launch ther is no wanted
      And you edited this post for spelling???
    1. ravelsnip's Avatar
      ravelsnip -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      Who you calling stupid? It's $813. For the 32gb, a $63 premium over the US iPhone which is locked. Do your math before calling names and making an idiot of yourself.
      Agan I call u an idiot. It's 900$ for an unlocked (factory) unlocked phone...compared to 500+ sterling pound UK factory unlocked phone.Both are 16GB!!! ...looks like you skipped maths in school.

      Quote Originally Posted by gdsumit View Post
      Get your facts right about India!!! You are more outdated than the official iPhone models in India.
      leave him alone..he looks like a retard! who doesn't know **** about outside world...The most expensive cars in the world are bought like peanuts in India but he fails to realize that...yes, these are bought by Indian (middle class people) by paying 101% import duty implicated by the Indian government...Can you imagine? if someone in US or europe buys a BMW 5 series beamer, the same car would cost double in India and yet, India has more BMW cars compared to the united states...Check the BMW-India sales for proof.

      Same with iphones, People in India buy the iphone for 900$ even thought its locked to a US carrier. But people in US would never pay the un-subsidized rate for the iphone. lol.
    1. udayc's Avatar
      udayc -
      It's a bit too late in my opinion. I think most people who would buy an iPhone 4 have already done so thru the grey market, the others might still go for it provided the price is competitive. Most people willing to spend that kind of money in India for a phone will probably be buying blackberries.
      I myself am an iPhone fan but just feel it is too late for apple to enter India with 4 maybe coming in with 5 would be better else they will not get a good feel for the Market and might wash their hands of it
    1. anu0512's Avatar
      anu0512 -
      Ya you right lot now iphone 4 is common in India.If the carriers offer some good schemes then may be people willing to buy it otherwise their is no chance for that.