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iPhone in India

Posted by jakku on August 7, 2008

Most of you know that Apple iPhone is officialy going to be launched in India. I have been reading a lot of post on this. Here comes my version.

You can find the history of iPhone here. In us it was released on june 29,2007 for 599 USD (8GB) and 499 USD (4GB) and it was a massive success. let us get into the recent days… On July 11, 2008, Apple released the iPhone 3G in 22 countries and the cost was 199$, 299$. As per isuppli (market researcher) the new 3G iPhone will cost just 173 $ to make.

The most expensive component on the 3G iPhone is the 8GB of NAND flash memory storage, at $22.80, followed by the touch screen at $20, iSuppli estimates.

In all, the chips and other components in the handset add up to $164, and then iSuppli estimates Apple is paying another $9 for assembly of the device, for a total of $173.

Check out the Original Post form infoworld on Why is the new 3G iPhone so cheap?

Now lets get into the Indian market. In India Airtel and Vodafone will be selling iPhone. I remember reading, that Apple has decided not to sell iphone directly through retail shop and internet (India). So officially it is available only through airtel and vodafone. (I dont have the link. If i am wrong, correct it) Now will the cost be same as US (199*42.07 =) 8372 INR. Lets see what bussiness standard says. (Thanks to Srikanth)

According to industry sources, prices of the latest iPhone (Version 2.0) would be at least double the amount of that in the US. The 8-gb version of the gizmo is likely to be priced between Rs 16,000 and 18,000, while the 16-gb would cost around Rs 24,000 to Rs 28,000 in the country

Yesterday ( 6th Aug 2008 ) Airtel announced Aug 22nd will be the launch date. But the price is a ‘ ? ‘ No official announcement in their web site . I dont see any announcement from vodafone on launch date and price on their web site. But another news says that vodafone will launch on aug 22nd.

Now questions that i have… Will the phone comes with a post paid connection with hidden cost ?? What will be the price? If the price is above 11,000 INR, will it be a massive hit as expected? According to the recent survey, more than 150,000 2G iPhones are already been use in India.


4 Responses to “iPhone in India”

  1. […] 7, 2008 · No Comments With only a few days remaining for iPhone to be released in India, Jegadesh compiles a few facts on iPhone’s initial release, release of the new iPhone, Component prices of iPhone and more […]

  2. joel said

    Hmmm…yeah… Lots of expectations around… i have been reading both praises and grunts for the same…. let’s play the waiting game and see what Indi ahs in store for iPhone…

  3. Rishil said

    Unlocked iPhone could be a dream come true, easy tools also now available..

  4. Rajdeep said

    Apple will soon realize that India is about volume game and prices have to be slashed if they want their product to be hit in India.
    Indian consumers are price sensitive and this is what is strongly coming out from this debate also….

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