iPhone in India by September?

by admin on April 19, 2008

Rediff news, reports that Vodafone will launch iPhone in India in the first weeks of September. It will be offered by Vodafone. Expected price is going to be between Rs 27,200 and Rs 28,000. (US prices: $399 for the 8GB iPhone; $499 for 16GB; plus sales tax. RR)
This confirms the recent tip from Apple sources in Singapore, that iPhone will be released there in 2008.
The carrier deal for India is being worked out with Vodafone,” said an Apple source, adding: “Vodafone could also become the carrier for the Australian market once iPhone is launched there, though more than one carrier is likely for Australia.”

Interestingly, Vodafone spokesman denied any happenings, but company sources confirmed iPhone carrier deal with Apple.
The Apple retail sources also did not rule out Apple extending universal access for iPhone users to all major telecom carriers in India.
“Post launch in India, the iPhone can be ‘unlocked’ (or configured to use SIM cards from all telecom carriers), though the company is not fully open to such a possibility,” the source said.
This is a very profitable market to Apple, since it is expected that mobile subscribers will double to 500 million by 2010.

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