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Indian iPhone to land in September?

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Thu April 17, 2008

Indian iPhone in September

Reports indicate that an Indian iPhone could be just around the corner, allegedly available in September between Rs 27,200 and Rs 28,000. According to the Business Standard, Vodafone is expected to have the 8GB iPhone during the first week of September, with the 16GB version to surface in the middle of 2009. The news reportedly comes from Apple sources in Singapore, who only a few months ago was revealed as "tight lipped" until recently.

"The carrier deal for India is being worked out with Vodafone," said an Apple source. "Vodafone could also become the carrier for the Australian market once iPhone is launched there, though more than one carrier is likely for Australia."

When contacted directly, Vodaphone denied rumors, despite several sources within the company saying that a deal is in the works. "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.

Because of the excessive delay, iPhones are commonly bought on the grey market, unlocked. This has a consequence of lowering overall call quality, and a few other drawbacks.




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  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    lower call quality

    huh - how is unlocking phones resulting in poorer phone quality than a locked one?!... Works great for me.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    the usual...

    ...excellence of MacNN reporting.

    Throw in a couple of vague and unsubstantiable claims, because, after all, that's what they teach in journalism school ... in China.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    woohoo!

    Another country that might be seeing the iPhone soon! So, what is it now. 4 countries with an iPhone, 24 where it is 'coming soon'?

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Gotta love it...

    "Indian iPhone to land in September"!

    Shouldn't that be 'India iPhone to land in September"?!

    I can see the t.v. commercial now. Instead of all those famous people etc. on Apple's first iPhone commercial that debuted at the Oscars with everyone picking up the phone saying "hello" or some derivative, the "Indian" iPhone will have Geronimo, Red Cloud, Sitting Bull and others saying "How" : ) lol

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