March was the month full of big announcements. Two biggies of the Indian telecom industry launched the Apple iPhone 3GS this month. iPhone 3GS was announced worldwide in June 09. It took almost 9 months’ time for iPhone 3GS to be launched in India which is available for Rs. 35,000 approx.
But what about the iPhone 3G? The iPhone 3G which got a very dull response from the Indian market mainly due to the cost factor and unavailability of 3G services is set to be sold in India at an unbelievable price. The predecessor of the new iPhone 3GS can now be yours for only Rs. 18,499 (8GB Model) and you can get the 16GB model for Rs. 24,499. This is a quite surprising move from a leading Indian cellular operator (name withheld for security reasons). Though we don’t yet have a hint whether the phone will be locked with the operator at this price or it will be sold unlocked!
The market share of Apple iPhone in India is quite less as the handsets are quite expensive and are mostly considered next to luxury items. The fact that smart-phones which were once considered as luxury items are settling in the mid range that is around 15-20K. Nowadays, Android phones are available for as cheap as 12K and you can now get Blackberry 8520 for 13K. The price reduction of the iPhone 3G will definitely revolutionize the Indian cellular market. Considering the rumors about the launch of iPhone 4G or iPhone HD in June this year; we think that the older versions of iPhone may witness another price cut in India.
Our unofficial sources also suggest that the only two telecom operators who provide 3G data services are eyeing the iPhone and may announce their plans soon. So folks, start saving for the ‘Jesus phone’ as it can be yours very soon. Lets hope they do the same justice to the data plans for the iPhone.
This news was leaked from our sources and the official announcement is expected to be out by the end of this week. Stay tuned on this post and we will get you the ‘leaked’ official papers of this announcement.
Update 1: As promised earlier, here are some snaps of the upcoming official announcement (thanks to our spies). Because of several reasons, few parts on the image has been blurred. The official image also hints about the announcement of a break-through data plan.
Update 2: There’s another update about it and can be found on this post.
So what do you think about this price fall? Are you going to purchase your dream phone?