Ever since the international announcement of iPhone 3G, people in India have been anticipating an extremely low price here.
The most common rumor around is, “iPhone is coming to India soon at just 8k.” Sources being smart individuals who are proud of their ability to multiply 199 (US launch price) with 40 (approx. USD to INR conversion rate) and reach the holy figure.
Some smarter individuals comment, “A company like Apple will sure charge a premium, It’s going to be 12-13k at least.” These, generally, are the individuals who are too surprised to see a premium phone selling at such low rates.
But if the rumors going around on various websites and news channels are to be believed they are in for a huge shock.
The first *official* rumors were that Vodafone is launching the iPhone 3G at 31k for the 8 GB model and 37k for the 16 GB one. Just a week later, yesterday, a news channel confirmed the iPhone 3G prices to be Rs.25,499 without any EMI.
I, personally, always had the opinion that iPhone 3G would sell for around Rs.22k. But, why so?
Well, Apple surely would want to put iPhone in a position that it can compete with the models it is competing with internationally. This includes Nokia N95 8 GB, Nokia E71, Blackberry Pearl/Curve and multiple types of HTC Touch models. Note that I am not even mentioning the high priced models from other brands because they don’t really have a good market share here in India. Now all these models are in the range of 20-25k. At a price of 22k, iPhone 3G will definitely make people think twice before buying the HTC/Nokia/BlackBerry competitor, while maintaining decent profit margins (Apple is selling unlocked 8 GB iPhone 3G for $599).
In any case, we’ll find the actual price in just 2 days on August 22.
So, at what price is iPhone 3G a good buy? In the coming days, woikr will compare the iPhone 3G with it’s competitors and make it easy for you to choose between the iPhone and your favorite iPhone competitor.
Meanwhile, if you are specifically looking for reasons not to buy an iPhone, we have compiled a list for you – I hate my iPhone.
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