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

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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Book Your Apple iPhone In India

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.