Apple Iphone In India: Price Announced – Rs 31,000 For 8GB Model

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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.


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20 comment

  1. Not worth that price. Apple / Vodafone is looting customers with high data plans and handset price. I’m adding more to andrew’s comment – poor cam, apple can remotely turn off your phone,; no replaceable battery etc.

  2. Heh.. I’m glad I went with Airtel BlackBerry Curve 23000 (headset) + 6000 (yearly rent with unlimited data) + Extra Voice + Taxes 🙂

    Good luck Apple / Vodafone / Airtel, your phone ridiculously pricey and sucky in features…

  3. Apple proves again, its products are for wealthy people only. I was hoping price tag 15000-20000 for 8GB model. What a disappointment. I’m not too optimistic about its success here in India.

  4. iPhone at 31K / 36K ! Not worth it at all. Does the Indian service-providers and Apple-India feel that there are

    more than few fools in India to buy it at that price? No way… Will fall on face very soon. Big failure I must say.

    Indians dont like to be extorted by anyone. Seriously, this is sheer burglary in broad daylight.
    I suggest that they make use of these sets to build their interiors/table/chairs, rather than dumping simply

    heeeheeee. Horrible business logic… no logic at all.Steve Jobs will be really sad to hear this. Sorry Steve, but

    didnt expect this from you.
    Get me at the original price+tax, I’ll pick it.No fooling around.

  5. In the US, carriers like AT&T subsidised the cost of iphone and hence they are affordable.

    Can’t see such a thing happening in India.

  6. I don’t think this will be a failure.

    There are many in India crazy about cell phones as status symbols. I remember in the mid 90s when few people had cell phones, most of them had phones costing 25K and above.

    Which is the same as 35K in todays money. And with the high salaries of todays generation, there will be many who won’t think twice to buy it.

  7. *HILLARIOUS!!!*
    Curse that thing…A sane human will definately want to consider N95 8GB and (upcoming) n96 16GB or some o2 and HTC model rather than this CRAP~!

  8. Few reason for not going for iphone in India,

    1. iPhone 3G has limited and restricted features
    2. No 3G in india
    3. Pricing is unreasonable along with added service cost.
    4. iPhone 3G if bought from Airtel is tied to Airtel sims only.
    5. Since Indians travel a lot say for a bus journey of 12 hours…. iPhone is dead by morning you reach there.
    6. and the list goes on….

    Wait for the Android based phone to capture the market.

  9. what about the 3gb .if 3 gb ll be there so price ll be 15000. thousand. 8 gb and 16 gb cost is two much ..go to hell if such price is there

  10. 31K/36k? And I thought may I could buy one!!!

    I prefer a Sony Ericsson/Samsung until iPhone drops to around 15k.

    My guess? The fall will be soon, coz at this price, no sane human being will buy it!

  11. Hi all

    There is a myth in the market place on low pricing of the product (reference price point being Rs. 8000 or Rs.12000/- which refers to AT&T pricing of USD 199 or USD 299).

    The reports don’t factor the commitment which a customers needs to give for a particular Price Plan for a period of 24 Months in the case of AT&T. For O2 the commitment is for 18 months with selected plans.

    But, if we calculate other cost like montly rental for voice, i.e., 69.99 (USD), the total cost of ownership for the period of 24 months for a 8 GB model comes around Rs.81000/-! The total cost of ownership for O2 is around Rs.200000/- over a period of 18 months.

    In first look it looks high, but in long term, it is still cheaper in India. So, don’t stop urself from buying this lovely gadget…


  12. In US it is cheaper but the monthly bills are high upto atleast $70 (Rs 3500) a month (including $30 mandatory data plan) and that too for two years..and if you want to break the 2 year contract you have to pay a fine that will be the rest of it’s price.
    So basically the prices are same.

  13. hi i phone can be used while travelling………….wen not in use in night time travel u can off the phone in order to save the battery for next day..
    so it depends how u use the phone when not in use just off and if there are urgent mags they will be in voice mail ………so nothin to worry if u can afford then kool or leave it..

  14. The price of Iphone in US is cheaper because of 2 years contract with the service provider i.e. AT&T, and you have to compulsarily buy the data plan consting a min. of $30 per month (In addition to the normal talk plans which would be $100/month for unlimited talktime). So, 30*24= $720 for the 2 years contract is to be paid just for data plan. This, for a 8GB iPhone you would pay $200 + $720 + $2400 = $3320 for unlimited usage of iPhone over 2 years. Even if you don’t go for the unlimited plan, you still have to pay $60/month just for 900 mins of talk time. And all these prices are excluding taxes. So, the iPhone in US costs you $3320 (more than Rs. 1.5 lacs even at a low exchanfe rate of Rs. 46 per dollar) over 2 years (The contract duration, so you have to pay). So, what do you think? iPhone is cheaper in India or in US???

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