Finally, Vodafone announces price of iPhone 3G Phone in India. From the webpage:
We are delighted to announce that the iPhone 3G will be available in India from August 22, 2008 It will be available in 8GB & 16GB models, priced at Rs 31,000 and Rs 36,100 respectively.
A quick comparison between same versions of iPhone sold in the USA and India show a big difference in the respective price tags. You'll have to pay $199 (8 GB) and $299 (16 GB) if you live in the States, but a whopping $712 and $829 if you happen to buy it in India. You will have to pay extra for data and voice plans.
Final cost = 36000 (16GB phone) + 12000 ( rent) + Voice + Data charges + Taxes (i.e. $1,104.96)
How can such price difference be explained? I understand there are some added costs but still it is way too much overpriced. If I compare Dell prices I see marginal differences. No wonder I don't won Apple Laptop or iPhone 3G.
Free software foundation (GNU project) has published a list of 5 reasons to avoid Apple iPhone 3G. According to article Apple puts so many restrictions on you including privacy and DRM limitations:
 iPhone completely blocks free software. Developers must pay a tax to Apple, who becomes the sole authority over what can and can't be on everyone's phones.
 iPhone endorses and supports Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology.
 iPhone exposes your whereabouts and provides ways for others to track you without your knowledge.
 iPhone won't play patent- and DRM-free formats like Ogg Vorbis and Theora.
 iPhone is not the only option. There are better alternatives on the horizon that respect your freedom, don't spy on you, play free media formats, and let you use free software -- like the FreeRunner.
=> 5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G
Update: Checkout Top 10 reasons to hate the iPhone 3G (thanks pushpraj)
I've been waiting for Apple to distribute iPhone in India. Now, Vodafone started to accept pre-registration for Apple iPhones in India. I've just sent them text message to book my iPhone. Both Vodafone and Airtel are in the race to sale iPhone. This is a new version of its iPhone, with support for faster 3G wireless networks and faster phone in 8GiB and 16GiB models.
You can be the first to own the *offical* iPhone 3G in India, with Vodafone. And like the
original iPhone, it combines three products in one-a revolutionary phone, a widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet device with rich HTML email and full web browsing. iPhone 3G. It redefines what a mobile phone can do-again. To book your phone visit vodafone website or send text / SMS "IPHONE" to 56789.
Update: Airtel user can pre-order the same via web-interface here.
I did used Motorola RAZR V3 for sometime in 2006 before I dropped it into a swimming pool :( The new RAZR 2 has a bigger screen, better UI, quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 with EDGE and Linux platform. OSnews has published a review for the new RAZR 2 V8:
The RAZR2 V8 is a quad-band GSM and EDGE phone, it features two 240x320 TFT screens (one internal 2.2" and one external touchscreen 2.0"), 512 MBs internal storage out of which 420 MBs are accessible, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support, a microUSB charging/data/audio port, and a 2 MP camera without flash. The V8 came with a headset, a British-style charger (PureMobile added to the package both a converter and a mini-USB Motorola-branded charger), a microUSB 2.0 data cable, CDs and manuals, and a 770 mAh Li-Ion battery.
=> Read review here and you can get Motorola RAZR2 V8 Spec Sheet here.
It is believed that it is one of the most popular cell phones around the world. And now it has been updated to run Linux. There is also V9 model with 2Mp camera and a full HTML browser. I want one. I might get this one or may be Apple iPhone.