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So it looks like Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) doesn’t have an exclusive deal for the iPhone in India: Airtel has also announced a tie-up with Apple…

So it looks like Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) doesn’t have an exclusive deal for the iPhone in India: Airtel has also announced a tie-up with Apple to bring the iPhone to India later this year. PTI reports that the launch may be around the festive season of Diwali. Nothing on prices yet, though. This is a part of a deal that Singtel (for Singapore) and companies it has investments in – Airtel (for India), Global Telecom (for Philippines) and Optus (for Australia) – signed with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). Not that it really matters – there are iPhones aplenty in India.

A great explanation for what the iPhone is, from PTI: “iPhone is a mobile phone that allows its users to make calls by simply tapping a name or number in the address book. It leads the customers to select and listen to voice-mail messages in whatever order the consumer wants.”

Wow.

  1. Lol! That PTI description of the Iphone just cracked me up..

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  2. I am still thinking why will someone want to buy the iphone at 30k(approx.) when one can get the same thing for half the price??? What innovative strategy will Airtel or Vodafone adapt to sell it in India?

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  3. While the PTI definition is LOL funny, its actually quite endearingly honest. Also, if weight and ruggedness were ever factors in your phone selection, the iPhone has a while to go before it gives the King Kong of the Indian handset market (read Nokia) a run for its money. Besides, much as the urban intelligentsia would like to wish away, the majority of handset shoppers with money in their wallets to change handsets every 6 months only care about "hara button" and "laal button". iPhone might ironically be stumped there too.

    Unfortunately, unlike the iPod, which wanted to be only one thing – i.e. your storehouse of music – (and hence the brilliant thing it is) the iPhone suffers from schizophrenia. If I were Nokia, I wouldn't be rushing to a consultant or an astrologer for my "counter" strategy to the dreaded iPhone launch.

    Don't hold your breath.

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