A cheaper nexus one for India?

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Apparently, Google is planning to launch a cheaper, stripped down version of their nexus one phone in India. Here is a tweet by CNBC-TV18 reporter Ankit, who  met Google India head Shailesh Rao in an editorial meet:

Nexus One will not come to India in its US avatar, the India specific Google Phone may be a stripped down version and priced lower!

As expected, they haven’t revealed the price or launch dates. But, if Google wants to complete with Nokia or Blackberry, they will have to price the phone in the range of 15 – 20k without contract (unlocked).

I cannot think of any feature other than GPS which can be discarded in the phone’s Indian avatar. Albeit, with the new Google maps navigation system, the nexus one can actually prove to be the first practically useful GPS device in India.

As always, we will have to wait and see how things turn up. Notably, Apple hasn’t yet launched the iPhone 3GS in India and is still shoving the obsolete iPhone 3G down the throat of dumb Indian consumers at an absurd price.

[via Digital Inspiration]

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2 Responses to this post

  1. amit says:

    Calling indian customers dumb is not right. Just check the number of iphones airtel/vodafone has sold in india. They have probably sold somewhere around 5-10k iphones in all. And that too most of them before the 3gs was launched.

    Moreover, I think it is apple which is losing out by not launching iphone 3gs in india. I personally know many people who were waiting for it for a long time and then decided to get it from the US and use it jailbroken.

    I am not against stripped down versions of phones/gadgets to enable better penetration. But depriving the indian consumer of the better gadgets is not a right thing to do even from their own business point of view.

    • Setu says:

      I am not calling Indian customers dumb. I am referring to the Indian customers who are dumb enough to buy the iPhone 3G in India.

      And I cannot agree with you more on the point of depriving Indian consumers of the better gadgets.

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