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  • iPhone 3GS Finally Coming to India


    India has more cell phones than any other country except for China. However, the country has few iPhones, due to the high price relative to Nokia handsets, which have captured the small but growing smartphone market in the world's second largest country. However, finally - nine months after the device's worldwide launch - the iPhone 3GS will be available in India through the country's largest wireless carrier, Bharti Airtel.

    Apple has been slow to make deals in India, where cutthroat competition between carriers is common and profits are cut to the bone, leaving very little room for the types of arrangements Apple favors. The iPhone came to India only in August 2008 when a deal with Airtel finally made the iPhone 3G available to Indian consumers. But the lack of carrier subsidy for the device keeping prices high and the absence of a nationwide 3G data network (even EDGE coverage is spotty) have hampered sales. Apple eventually added a second carrier, Vodafone, but that carrier charges extra for data usage, making the iPhone even less of an attractive option for their customers. Also, iPhone users on either Airtel or Vodafone can't use Visual Voicemail on their phones, and iTunes is not available for music downloads, only apps.

    Airtel announced on Friday that it had made a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone 3GS in India at some point “in the coming months," without elaborating. According to the Airtel website, the 8GB iPhone 3G will still be available, with 16GB and 32GB variants of the iPhone 3GS, going on sale at the carrier's retail stores only.

    The iPhone 3GS will be sold without a contract, but will be baseband-locked to Airtel’s network, so existing iPhone 3G users can just swap their Airtel SIM into the new device but new buyers must buy an Airtel service plan to go with their phone. Pricing has not been announced, but the 8GB 3G model currently sells for over 30,000 rupees or greater than $700 US, while 16GB iPhones cost Rs36,000. Unlocked phones are available on the grey market for as little as Rs20,000.

    The only 3G network operators in India are the government-owned BSNL and MTNL carriers. The government was supposed to hold auctions for 3G spectrum licenses a number of times in the past couple of years but they have repeatedly been delayed for various reasons. Currently scheduled for April, the auction will award licenses to carriers, taking effect in September, to operate 3G networks throughout India. Both Airtel and Vodafone have applied for licenses.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 3GS Finally Coming to India started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      iphones taking over the world
    1. yashasvi's Avatar
      yashasvi -
      meh.
      Buying a factory unlocked 3gs imported from hong kong works out cheaper. I got my 16gb 3gs(factory unlocked) for 34,000 and 2g(AT&T) 2 years ago for 28,000. You do not get the iPhone for 20,000 in any market. In addition MNP does not exist in India as yet.
    1. vikas3saraswat's Avatar
      vikas3saraswat -
      It's SAD!!!!
      One of the biggest IT Professionals producer country in the world,But very poor technology over there.
      The companies rip off the customers.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Glad to hear this because everyone should own an iphone (2G, 3G, or 3GS).
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      interesting...
    1. avps's Avatar
      avps -
      Yashasvi where did you pick up your iPhone 3GS from, anywhere in India or direct from Hong Kong?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      wonder how they will sell...
    1. vincebio's Avatar
      vincebio -
      india is the worlds 7th biggest country not the 2nd....

      try doing some research modmyi
    1. thrash907's Avatar
      thrash907 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vincebio View Post
      india is the worlds 7th biggest country not the 2nd....

      try doing some research modmyi
      7th largest by land mass

      2nd by population.. lol fail
    1. prince_johri's Avatar
      prince_johri -
      Quote Originally Posted by vincebio View Post
      india is the worlds 7th biggest country not the 2nd....

      try doing some research modmyi
      Mate India is the 2nd Largest country in terms of population and No of cell phone users!!...
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Great article.

      It's def an eye opener when you hear about a country where iPhones are still considered an elitist phone and not commonplace like in the US.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      lets see how many people will actually buy one
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee *exited*
    1. yashasvi's Avatar
      yashasvi -
      Quote Originally Posted by avps View Post
      Yashasvi where did you pick up your iPhone 3GS from, anywhere in India or direct from Hong Kong?
      Locally in Mumbai- Heera Panna Shopping centre
      Imported phones both factory unlocked and software unlocked are easily available.

      Apple also offers me limited warranty on my 3gs since its from hong kong and its legal(although its jailbroken). They dont even know what jailbreaking is at th iStore...FAIL

      Anyways a majority of my friends either have or have had an iPhone.
      All carriers support the iPhone.

      Only setback imo is the lack of 3g
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vincebio View Post
      india is the worlds 7th biggest country not the 2nd....

      try doing some research modmyi
      you could stand to do some as well
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      The title of this article should be "iPhone finally coming to India... two years ago... and still no 3G, music, or affordable pricing... and the only change is the availability of 3Gs model... it costs more but features still can't be utilized in India ... possible release on second carrier with even worse pricing and options".

      How is this news?
    1. yashasvi's Avatar
      yashasvi -
      I just noticed-
      The picture in the main post is a 2g
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      Wow so if it took this long for the 3gs the next one might be even longer wow glad i live in the united states
    1. avps's Avatar
      avps -
      Thanks yashavi, I just picked up my 3gs 16gb in Delhi for 40k, tethered jailbreak and unlock.

      Have a a 3g from vodafone and 2g from usa.

      Will pick up another 3gs when next in Mumbai, can you tell me the name of the shop

      thanks in advance.
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      How does this even matter?! Most people who really wanted a 3GS either got one for much more than the would be MRP from the grey market or probably from some other country (like me).. I am pretty sure that Apple's just cleaning its inventory by making it available in India now as it's time for the next gen..!