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Airtel To Launch 3G iPhone In October

Airtel and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) will launch the iPhone 3G in India this year. Airtel President and CEO Manoj Kohli is quoted by HT stating the device will available by mid-October. Vodafone however has refused to comment. Both the operators haven’t shared pricing details. Apple’s revised pricing has given my previous post a shining black eye. We had earlier predicted the average pricing of the 2G phones to be Rs 21k (8GB) and around 25k (16GB). The 3G versions will be Rs 8k (8GB) and Rs 12k (16GB), although subject to a 2 year contract in the States. If 3G policy shapes up by year-end and the 3iPhone is able to land at a similar price point, it could turn out to be a great entry buy and sell for both consumers and operators. Besides, being location aware would help operators like RComm (Reliance Technology Ventures has funded Whrrl, the first iPhone app development venture to be funded) to position it based on local services rather than only price cuts. Meanwhile, after having paid twice the amount for a fatter 16GB 2G version, buyers remorse has robbed me of life, appetite and sleep. Thankfully, there is comfort in numbers, I am not the only one to have bitten that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL).

56 Responses to “Airtel To Launch 3G iPhone In October”

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  2. Navya Sri

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  5. Hai,

    I dont understand the concept of 3G. Why iphone came in to market..Does it mean that only thought that 3G services will be launced from airtel.What about the other mobiles which have excellent 3G features.Can i browse in my laptop usign the mobile phone….

  6. Hi

    A bit of relief. Now airtel is providing option of EMI to buy iPhone (www.airtel.in/iphone3g). At least, now people who were expecting to be in range of 16-20K can think again to buy it with EMI option. What you say guys? Can we hope to get its price down in future as well?

    Rajesh

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  8. Rajiv saini

    Hi

    There is a myth in the market place on low pricing of the product (reference price point being Rs. 8000 or Rs.12000/- which

    refers to AT&T;pricing of USD 199 or USD 299).

    The reports don’t factor the commitment which a customers needs to give for a particular Price Plan for a period of 24 Months

    in the case of AT&T;. For O2 the commitment is for 18 months with selected plans.

    But, if we calculate other cost like montly rental for voice, i.e., 69.99 (USD), the total cost of ownership for the period

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    gadget…

    Rajiv

  9. gulshan

    hi all,

    The iphone is gonna be new trick over the people. So dont get exicted u'll be get these iphones at ur door-step,,,but have some paitence,,,,u kw indian are actually sick nd always exicted to a product….wait guys….nd also change ur mentallity…..

  10. biprajit

    airtel is goin to launch iphone in oct, but i am not sure about the price of the various versions of it. and i also wanna know how to get it………………… please let me know