Picture of last year's Airtel iPhone 3G registration page
At WWDC 2009, Apple announced that the new iPhone 3G[S] would be available for purchase starting June 19th. What Apple did not clearly specify was a launch date for the 3G[S] in India. However, Apple
did say that the new iPhone
would be launched in July in some countries, and as far away as August in other countries (like India)
Remember when the iPhone 3G was released? It was June. And later, I wrote about the iPhone 3G releasing in India in August
. Airtel came out first with the iPhone
in India, Vodafone later officially announced the same
, and BSNL came in a distant last with an announcement in September
. So by all probability, the expected date for the new iPhone 3G[S] release in India will most probably be in August.
There weren’t any long queues, neither were a lot of iPhone pre-bookings
made because of the Rs.36,000 price tag. You can be sure that this time too, for the iPhone 3G[S], the initial price will still be around the Rs.30,000+
range. As for the iPhone 3G, the expected market trend is that when something new comes out, the old must either get a price drop, or be discontinued. Most of us are expecting a price drop, to something at the range of Rs.25,000 – Rs.30,000
I did not expect to be writing another Apple iPhone
3G post, not after the marathon of posts and comments
we had prior to the (failed) August launch of the iFail
iPhone in India. But here I am again, telling you all that BSNL (yes, them
) are coming out with the iPhone in December of this year.
According to the Financial Express
, SK Chakravarty BSNL will be launching the iPhone along with the 3G network in December. “On September 30, we will have a meeting of the circle heads where we may take a decision on making iPhones available to our consumers,” said Chakravarty.
Back in June, we all saw the Vodafone iPhone advertisement on the front page
of the TOI, and Airtel announce pre-booking
the very next day. The BSNL launch is something we never expected. Lets hope they can at least have the price lower than their competitors. Edit:
Hope?! Why am I even bothered about buying a phone that I _know_ lacks features and will be overpriced?
In a release issued by Vodafone on their website, the iPhone 3G prices were announced, and iPhone fans you’re going to be pretty upset. I kid you not.
According to Vodafone
The iPhone 3G is available in 8GB and 16GB at Rs 31,000 and Rs 36,100 respectively. And as you have already pre-registered with us, you can get it before others do. All you need to do is drop in at a select Vodafone Store between August 14 and 19 and confirm your booking by paying Rs 10000 through cash or credit card.
So we were right
about the price. Vodafone subscribers who pre-booked the “oh-I’m-friggin-costly” phone by SMS can collect their phone on early 22nd August.
So that puts an end to the pricing rumours of the Apple iPhone 3G in India, at least Vodafone’s price. I don’t see how Airtel could possibly keep a considerably lower price. Ridiculous? Hell yeah! From rumours on Twitter, I’ve heard that the Nokia N96 is going to be released today
N96 is the first ever mobile device to offer a memory size of 16GB expandable to 24 GB. The 24GB (16+8) memory of the N96 can store up to 18000 songs, up to 20000 images at 5 mega pixel, up to 60 hours of video or 20 full length movies. With multifunctional media keys and a 2.8” screen, music, movies, games and more are available at the touch of a button. To make playing, watching, listening or experiencing the content even more enjoyable, the Nokia N96 features a ‘kickstand’ on the back cover that allows for hands-free viewing.
Hah! Apple, you just kicked yourself in the posterior.
: Apparently, the Vodafone page I linked to has been taken down.
Well that’s what rumours say, or at least that is what Tech2 says is the confirmed price of the Apple iPhone 3G in India.
The 8 GB version of the iPhone 3G will cost Rs. 31,000, while the 16 GB version will cost between Rs. 36,000 and Rs. 37,000.
It would be interesting to see how many would buy the much awaited (and rather highly hyped) Apple iPhone 3G. Would you buy it?
Get ready Indians, the Apple iPhone 3G will officially be brought out by Airtel on August 21st, at midnight
A company spokesperson said Airtel subscribers can purchase the iPhone at Airtel’s Relationship Centres from August 22
The announcement comes days after Vodafone announced
that they would make the iPhone available to its subscribers from August 18th.
Sanjay Kapoor, President, Bharti Airtel mobile services, said – “iPhone has been an iconic technological revelation of this year and Airtel has been at the forefront of innovation and customer delight in the Indian telecom sector.”
Officials however did not give details about the pricing.