iPhone 3G heading to India via Bharti Airtel
The first-gen iPhone is yet to make an official appearance in the subcontinent and going by Apple’s word last month, India will most likely get some iPhone Classic action by September through India’s two largest mobile phone operators, Vodafone and Bharti Airtel. But Steve wouldn’t be satisfied with that, right? The latest announcement now states that the iPhone 3G will also be entering the Indian market in collaboration with Bharti Airtel “later this year.”
Here’s what Tim Cook, Apple’s COO, had to say:
“We are thrilled to be working with Bharti Airtel, India’s leading integrated telecom company, to bring iPhone 3G to millions of mobile customers in India. We can’t wait to get this revolutionary product in the hands of even more people around the world.”
There is no doubt that the iPhone will be welcomed with open arms but it remains to be seen how well the 3G version will be received in India, given the nonexistent 3G service in the country. Moreover, with the original iPhone’s suggested price of about Rs. 28000 ($655), the iPhone 3G will definitely be costlier, which could push away some interested but cash-wary customers. Nevertheless, we only have wait till “later this year” to find out!