Vodafone to sell 3G iPhone in India from Rs 31,000. Pricey?

August 20, 2008

It’s official. Vodafone will sell the 8GB 3G iPhone for 31,000 rupees ($712) and the 16GB model for 36,100 rupees ($828). And this for a 3G model when India does not even have 3G services yet.

The Apple iPhone 3G is displayed in Toronto July 11, 2008.Vodafone and Airtel will launch the 3G Apple iPhone in India on August 22. Airtel is yet to announce its price for the phones but it’s unlikely the pricing will differ much.

The price of the 8GB model in the U.S. is $199 and $299 for the 16GB model. So is buying the iPhone in India worth it or will the grey market rule?

Who will buy the new iPhone? All those who had pre-booked? The ones who want to get the latest gizmo on day one of its official launch in India or the geeks who cherish anything Apple?

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I’m not a Apple fanboy. But Apple is a cool company. iPhone is lightyears ahead of other phones. So what if it has only 2MP camera, or it can’t record videos, or cannot use 3G in India, or cannot share files via bluetooth, or can’t use it as external hard drive, or can’t use it as modem,or doesn’t have FM radio, or cannot have my own ringtones, or can’t send MMS or can’t forward messages,or have to use resource hogging iTunes. It is simply cool device. Anything that comes out of Apple, even if it’s a piece of shit, I would do anything to have it in my pocket. Apple is that awesome. Heck I would pay 50000 for this most advanced of all phones. Like I said before I’m not a Apple fanboy.

Posted by Mr. Sarcastic | Report as abusive

Its really foolish you just calculate 31000 divided by 47 Rs per bottle of King fisher Beer you will realize if it worthy the buy or value for money.

I recommend you all better go for some good Chinese mobile rather than getting duped by this 3G I pone which is also made in China :)

THIS PRICING IS THE BIGGEST JOKE OF THE CENTURY :)

I too read an article on UTVi (http://utvi.myrecourl.com) where the above prices were confirmed by an unknown Vodafone official. The biggest question is when the Iphone – 3G is priced at $199 (Rs 9k) in US, why is it so expensive in the Indian market?

Posted by Abhi | Report as abusive

Only Mr.Bean(s) will go for it at this price in India. People with better IQ will go for Better but Cheaper products like W902, C905, N95 etc…………..

Posted by yila | Report as abusive

well, what government is doing? simply sitting behind and watching this greedy idiots doing anything to make profits and that to upto such an extent, don’t they know we’re still a developing country, they should’ve priced it even lower than in US. Don’t we have a body which looks at this idiotic things coming from the minds which are considered to be management scholars. i don’t know about others but i am sure nobody from my family will buy this ticket to stupidity!

Posted by Abrar | Report as abusive

A monkey carrying a laptop in better than Voda carrying 3Giphone with out 3G services in India.

Posted by Vemulapalli Ravi Kumar | Report as abusive

31k..and 36k…..gotta be kidding right???
consider selling a hyped phone to a country of over a billion people….something like 25999 and 29999 would have sounded better but above 30k…..thats hell of a price an average Indian would shell out..i’d better stick to my nokia

Posted by Anirudh | Report as abusive

be realistic guys…..wait for couple of months after its release, price will come down. Dont rush to buy……

Posted by kiran | Report as abusive

Actually my spouse called me from INDIA, and was telling she really likes it and all the pros of it..Only after some 5 min appreciation of it she told me the price which was something at which a person can buy an PC back home..I just asked her to wait for some time so that we can get one from US…I think it is way cheap in US because the carriers give some subsidies to woo the customers which carriers in INDIA don’t.Maybe if you really like i-phone ask someone to get from US or get a similar one in the greymarket…I think it is not a good deal from AIRTEL / VODAFONE at this moment..

Posted by vimal | Report as abusive

i have booked iphone,but i am not crazy to buy in this price.

Posted by adnan | Report as abusive

Jokes a apart, when we don’t have 3g services what purpose does it serve. And people, spending money on mobiles is foolish, just have one which you can talk and listen to music. Many of our offices wont allow camera phones, and I dont thinkit is any fun to browse net through a mobile phone. And there are 100′s of models which are cheaper but of better quality than the rotten Apple.

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive

Guys, I gifted by iphone 3 weeks ago as it is an useless PDA. It is only an ipod with mobile abilities. I will prefer a Palm Treo anyday : free software…

Posted by Ramesh | Report as abusive

Its really stupid of Apple, Vodafone and Airtel to price the iphone @ Rs.31,000 and Rs.36,000 in India. I guess they are giving a chance to the grey market to grow. Well I’m not going for it in India as I can always get one from the US for a good bargain and that too an unlocked one. And there is still time for the 3G technology to come in India. Give us a break man!!!

Posted by Pritam | Report as abusive

hahahahaha ha. I am a die hard apple fan… but nevertheless, this price point is rib tickler.. they want us to pay full price of an unlocked phone for a locked version with either Airtel or Vodafone. hahahahaha these guys are so funny, no wonder i like apple so much. Btw i waited for iphone, but i will buy a nokia/sony ericsson now. thanks you apple, airtel and vodafone for this five mins of funny moments.

Posted by Mihir Shah | Report as abusive

iphone high price in india …………iphone price very low in block marker(8gp 13000rs)(16gp 16000)onely……….dnt buying airtel and vodafone stores,

Posted by kamaraj | Report as abusive

Whether these people joking.. A phone which is priced $200 overseas available here for $600 here.. .haha.. I actually booked one through texting… when I got the message.. I decided to continue with my Motorola.. with the pricing I made my so called Indian telephone giants is going to miss out. This is purely idiotic…. and there are lot of other phones in India which are available at that price which am sure is far better in features and compatablility.This one is not for me I am decided..

KRAZY ….In marketing they call it SKIMMING Price. The iphone is probably following this policy. How they can charge more than double the US price although now body knows about 3G….

Posted by Raman Deep | Report as abusive

well, what government is doing? simply sitting behind and watching this greedy’s doing anything to make profits and that to upto such an extent, don’t they know we’re still a developing country, they should’ve priced it even lower than in US.
Even though no 3G in India & the phone is designed for Americans tastes…!
By the time 3G comes to India, other mobile company’s will release 4G, 3.5G is already available in market.
They call it 3G phone without a front camera for video conferencing….!aren’t they crazy….!
I wud suggest to go for a Nokia set(N95 or N96), or any chinese touch screen models….!
People Act Wisesly….and spread this message..!

Posted by sany | Report as abusive

Who told India is a poor country, never by those who try to introduce (I think withdraw is more correct) “i phone” to Indian markets! The price of the 8GB model in the U.S. is $199 but in India $828 amazing!!! Let them congratulate for their efforts. Some important points are, till now there is no 3G services in India, the phone have reported technical troubles while in the 3G network, after all there’s no external memory option on the i phone and the bluetooth feature—which most other high-end phones exploit for data transfer and wireless music—is configured to only allow handsfree calling (head sets connected with bluetooth).

Posted by SHIJI | Report as abusive

Friends …..those of you in India planning for iPhone… THINK TWICE BEFORE MAKING A DECISION… The short comings of iPhone are endless…

No video calling,

no AD2P on the Bluetooth,

CAN’T share ANY (mp3, images,videos. …) files via bluetooth,

can’t use as a wireless modem, (you pay ridiculous data charges to activate internet on your phone, but cannot connect it to your PC and browse when you are at home)

no copy and paste,(cannot copy a part of a…. say…. email & send it….have to type it out yourself)

no 3.2 or 5 megapixel camera,(the 2MP camera it carries is worst camera i’ve ever seen….. photos look like they have come out of a VGA camera)

no video recording with camera,

no front camera,

no flash.

no JAVA support

No physical keyboard (BELIEVE me! this alone is a dealbreaker. ..touch keyboard as good as it looks…once you use it then only you come to know about the importance of having a hard keypad)

No 3G network yet in India..so why pay for expensive 3G phone if you cant use its 3G services … so, for India, iPhone 2.0 is no better than its first version

No removable battery. (You cannot change battery. Have to send it to apple outlet.. Come on now!!!!…This is not an iPod. Its a phone. You cannot live without phone for 2-3 days)

No haptic feedback and

cannot send MMS,

can’t use as external storage device (16 GB of utter waste..next time you go to your friend’s house & find some interesting songs, movies, etc…sorry you cannot connect your ’16 GB’ phone and share it!!!! Apple apparently has a solution.. ” BUY MUSIC & MOVIES FROM iTUNES STORE “….. Give me a break will you APPLE!!!)

no FM radio,

can’t use your mp3 files as ringtones,(This is heights man!!!)

cannot insert any other SIM card….

completely tied to iTunes… Connect to your friend’s iTunes & you risk erasing everything on your phone.

list goes on & on & on….

We Indians are used to these features. Most of our phones already have these features. & we cannot do with out them…. i mean can you imagine paying so much for a phone with which you cannot transfer files via bluetooth. what age is this …STONE AGE???

Some features may be activated by jailbreak.. But why the hell should you risk losing your warranty after paying so much.

And want to add third party softwares??. . YOU HAVE TO BUY THEM FROM iTUNES STORE ONLY!!! . (Shell out more money). Apple is a control freak. Dont surrender your freedom to it.

Its good for american market (who have no idea what mobile freedom/choice is) which is in stone age compared to asian/european markets. When they want to buy a phone, they have to go to network operators and buy only those phones that are available on that network. & stick to that company till their contract expires. You want to change carriers? Not before paying damages, & buying another phone on the other network again.

On the contrary, we in India have so much freedom. We go to handset shops & buy which ever phone we like. Then go to carriers.. checkout the plans & buy SIM.. Dont like the plan or rival carrier came up with a better plan???? EASY .. just remove & replace the SIM.

Apple are trying to IMPOSE THEIR MODEL ON US riding on the hype iPhone has created in the US (yes it was a flop in Europe ..thats why Apple never talks about its sales in Europe).

Dont fall for the subsidized price of iPhone… CHECKOUT THE DATA PLAN ATTACHED TO ITS SIM ..they will recover the cost through ridiculous data plans. Bill might come to around Rs 2500/month.( ATLEAST AMERICANS PAY THAT MUCH)

Let me clear one thing though.. iphone is the best looking phone (its touch interface is nothing like you have ever seen ), & best browsing experience out there no doubt …. (& others are fast catching up..check out the android demo at Google IO 2008)…. BUT AFTER A FEW DAYS IT ALL COMES DOWN TO FUNCTIONALITY. ..

Those of who buy it… You will be most happy for atmost a week… & then, MARK MY WORDS…YOU WILL START REGRETTING IT!!!

Still not convinced by then…by all means go for iPhone…

So friends lets spread this info to all our friends and help them in making a wise decision…. . & those of you who have bought unlocked versions already please share your experiences with others

Posted by sourabh | Report as abusive

do these companies think Indians are Fools or What ? 3 times the price in US, illogical to buy a stuff like this. Even with some import duty etc, it should not cost more than $ 300. Too Greedy ! They will realise it soon.

Posted by swami | Report as abusive

It is just Crazy . Any lunatic will buy this ,i am all redy suffring of this iPhone which i am having .god save all

Posted by sandeep | Report as abusive

Plz dont buy this phone with a price of 31k coz u can get phones having same features in less price.Still if u want to buy this phone just know the limitations of this phone.

Posted by satyaki | Report as abusive

Only crazy people will buy this phone for such high price.

@ Sourabh :

what you have written should be an article in itself….

If someone is holding an iPhone to show off to others, he’ll be laughed at as a fool. It’s not your status symbol anynore but a symbol of you IQ.

Posted by Mr. Realistic | Report as abusive

So what CAN I buy for the price of one 16GB iPhone by Vodafone or Airtel? Let’s see….
A Compaq laptop OR
A 80GB iPod + Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism OR
A high-end Sony Music System OR
A home theatre system

… who do Vodafone and Airtel think they are selling this iPhone to? People who have been loyal and ethical enough to wait for the official piece rather than buy from the grey market? Is this really the kind of “Happy to Help” they want to spread around?
The saddest thing in all this is that everyone who booked the iPhone 3G knows what price Apple was launching it at internationally and Vodafone/Airtel haven’t so much as sent out a one-line explanation on why its so overpriced?!
This is the point where I want even my Rs. 6/- back of the Premium SMS rates that I paid for the booking SMS!!! Really really sad to see a company like Apple lose the plot in such a lucrative market!

Posted by Seema | Report as abusive

Less than three hours to go for the launch and we are geared to cover the event. Would be interesting to see if there are queues in front of the stores similar to what we had seen around the world.

Interesting too will be the comment from the first buyer.

Buying an accessory that has feature that are not currently supported in the country is an old sad story. I see no point in going for a white elephant.

Posted by mattiz | Report as abusive

These stupid foreign corporates still feel they can fool us as in the olden times .31000 for 8 GB & 36000 for 16 GB. Why would a person buy such a thing when the same thing is available in US for just 8000. Why would one pay for if he can do much better things then buying Uphone3G( coz i’ll not buy Iphone3G at any cost specially when there are no 3g services in India.Better to call it a
‘UR’phone.

Posted by Nischay | Report as abusive

Check this if ur worried about iPhone’s allegation chain mail.
http://woikr.com/woikr-clarifies-allegat ions-on-the-iphone-3g-in-india-chain-mai l/

These are the missing features of the most awaited iPhone. Surprisingly most of the multimedia/smart phones in the market have better features than this for a reasonable price. Do you still want to spend 31000 Rs/-????????????

–>Just 2MP camera(photos look like they have come out of a VGA camera)

–>There is no video recording feature(Ha? Unless third party application)

–>Cannot send MMS and Forwards text msgs & cannot send to multiple recipients.

–>No front camera – it’s 3G, but no video conferencing.

–>No voice dialing(we had this feature in first gen Noika 3310 mobile)

–>Cannot cut, copy & paste like other multimedia smart phones.

–>No multiselect for emails. You have to delete them one by one.

–>Cannot replace battery on your own. Always you have to go to Apple stores and in INDIA it takes a week.

–>No WIFI, so cannot interact with your wireless modem. So, heavy internet charges.

–>iPhone can’t sync with Bluetooth stereo or in-car Bluetooth handsfree. It lacks A2DP on Bluetooth. A2DP audio devices, such as stereo Bluetooth headsets, offer high quality listening ability. Also, surprisingly it you cannot share MP3, images and video files via Bluetooth.

–>Cannot view multimedia flash video/animations. There is no support for adobe flash.

–>YouTube allowed only certain videos (H.264 coded). And you cannot share your videos.

–>No ringtone customization. i.e you can’t have your fav MP3 song as a ringtone

–>You cannot use all the features till the operator sets up your apple email account and the syncs with the phone.

–>Airtel and Vodafone Essar don’t have licences to provide 3G Services in India and they are not gurantee about this service(Having a 3G iphone on a 2G network doesn’t make sense at this price)

–>No FM Radio (needs connect via web only and Web FM Streaming is very Slow )

–>Completely tied to iTunes… Connect to your friend’s iTunes & you risk erasing everything on your phone.(Extra Burden to Your Pocket)

–>No JAVA support(i.e., Fav/Famous Java based games you can’t download from web)

Apple is a control freak. Dont surrender your freedom to it.
Its Just another white Elephant to your pocket and Post Paid Bills min 2500 Rs/PM with ridiculous data plans

*** think billion times before purchase iPhone 3G ****

Posted by Rajagopal | Report as abusive

@ Rajgopal

couldn’t agree more…

Posted by Mr. Realistic | Report as abusive

guys go 4 n95.4 ur info nokia 6th famous brand in worjd way ahead of apple.nokia cn b trusted.iphone s nt true 3g no video cal,no w cdma,2mp camera wd sm cheap lens,no java,no flash,useless bluetoth,cant play games,no fm,no video recording, no mms, and the list goes on…..
nokia is a brand 4 al 4 p�ors(1100) and 4 rich(n95)
plz note n95 s a true 3p phone.briliant 5mp camera wd carl zeiss lens even awarded the TIPA award,sexy looks,hspda,wcdma,wifi,ful bluetoth,there s nothen u cn thnk thats nt in n95,gud gps,maps beter than gogle map,voip and so many features.
does apple thnks ppl r fool iphone s nothen b4 a n95,i usd both,nokia s king apple s out 2 cheat evn my gal frnds n73 beter than iphone.aple s a cheat,3rd grade phone wid nothen other than d tch scrn …apple sucks

Posted by prasenjit | Report as abusive

Summary of features missing in I-phone:

Would be a freak..to buy it at such a high price for such a big list of no’s

No video calling
No AD2P on the Bluetooth-Cannot share data using bluetooth
Can’t share ANY (mp3, images,videos….) files via bluetooth
Can’t use as a wireless modem, (you pay data charges to activate internet on your phone, but cannot connect it to your PC and browse when you are at home)
No copy and paste, (cannot copy a part of a…. say…. email & send it….have to type it out yourself)
No 3.2 or 5 megapixel camera, (has a 2MP camera)
No video recording with camera
No front camera
No flash
No JAVA support
No 3G network yet in India…so why pay for expensive 3G phone if you can’t use its 3G services… for India, iPhone 2.0 is no better than its first version.
No removable battery. (You cannot change battery. Have to send it to apple outlet..can you live without your phone for 2-3 days?)
Cannot send MMS
Can’t use as external storage device
No FM radio
Can’t use your mp3 files as ringtones
Cannot insert any other SIM card/only GSM

Posted by Senthilkumar | Report as abusive

Fact: In usa price for 8g iphone-3g is $199 but you have to buy a contract for 2 years which costs aprox $90 per month that too without SMS.

Posted by from usa | Report as abusive

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