I am the big time fan of Apple iPhone. But these days I started hating Apple, arrey how many days I have to wait to get this cool gadget? I really felt bad about Apple for delaying release of iPhone to India. From past few days I am hearing lot of buzz about Airtel & Vodafone releasing iPhone in India. After Apple’s announcement about it’s upgraded 3G version of iphone, Airtel & Vodafone both said they are going to release iPhone to India soon!
A popular tech news website Techtree wrote that, Vodafone is going to start booking for iPhones through customer care & website in another few weeks. Airtel also announced it also starts booking for iPhone in few weeks. Airtel customers can send “iphone” to toll-free number 54321 to get updates about iPhone, prices, package…etc.
What will be the price in India?
Apple announced new upgraded 3G version of iPhone recently, which will be released on 11th July. The new 8 GB model is available for 199 USD (Rs.8246) & 16 GB model for 299 USD (Rs.12,390). But, remember that these prices are only applicable to US in collaboration with AT & T, a big service provider in US. There was a roomer that AT & T was giving some money to Apple for each it customer it gets. It was one of the reason to get such a great gadget for less. So prices in India will depend on service provider who is bringing it to India, i.e, Airtel & Vodafone.
What to do with 3G? It’s not yet in India!
The new Apple iPhone is 3G enabled, but in India 3G technology is not yet in use! I am curious that, will Airtel & Vodafone will launch 3G service along with release of iPhone to India? For those who don’t know about 3G, it’s a third generation mobile technology to bring broadband internet speeds on your mobile phone! you can see Wikipedia entry on 3G for more. Currently India supports only EDGE (Wikipedia), so we will not benefit out of new 3G upgrade in iPhone if our network doesn’t supports it.
Related reading: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/06/09bharti.html