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Bharti Airtel to sell iPhone 3GS to India

updated 08:05 am EDT, Fri March 19, 2010

Indian carrier gets faster iPhone

India's Bharti Airtel on Friday said it would start selling the iPhone 3GS through its stores. The agreement with Apple doesn't have a set launch date and will be ready only in the "coming months." The carrier had already been selling the iPhone 3G as of August 2008 but until now didn't have access to the faster phone released late last year.

The provider isn't exclusive to India and has been accompanied by Vodafone since 2008, though it too has had to use the iPhone 3G for roughly the past 1.5 years. No deal has been struck for the iPhone 3GS at Vodafone so far.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Anand

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    Joined: Mar 2010


    One finger Salute to Apple

    Who gives a f*k to Apple if they are going to launch their outdated model in India..I'm just waiting for Nexus One..Going for it...s**** Apple and its Bl. Jobs..

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well, Anand, my dear boy,

    who gives a f*** what phone you are waiting for ?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well tortenteufel

    Yes, who cares that a consumer has been waiting for ages to get an up-to-date iPhone. He should be just happy to get whatever version Apple deems worthy of selling in their country and living with it.

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    how many indians buy iPhone in India

    A country full of users who want the iPhone but not pay the complete price. Frankly I know that these people want to pay $200 in INR for the iPhone and that is it. They do not understand that the iPhone actually costs more. Moreover in India Apple sells at exorbitant rates. the iPhone costs almost $800 in India when you convert the dollar. Why? Only Apple and the tax guys know. I am sure that Vodaphone and Bharti put together must have sold like 50 iPhones in 1.5 years. Hehe.

    Apple, why bother about the Indian market. Anyways they do not have 3G and even their network on Edge is not even completely roam capable. I was in India in 2009 and bought a pre-paid SIM from Vodaphone which took 15 days to activate and would not work in many parts of India. When it started working, I was ready to leave India. Boy that place sucks. Just like their cheap call-centers their mobile network may be cheap but it is certainly not good.

    There is nothing wrong with the Indians but the country is deeply tied down by red-tapism that curbs technology and any kind of progress. The country moves like a sloth. Imagine requiring paper verification for anything you want to do online. LMAO.

    Wake up and keep away from the land of snake charmers and rope climbers.

    BTW, there is some things good about that country - beautiful damsels - Aishwarya Rai and Chicken Tikka. Loved that.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well, testudo

    if you think the phone is obsolete, don't buy it. I'm pretty satisfied with my first gen Iphone, but then again, I'm off an age to be considered obsolete myself.

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