New Delhi: Apple Inc.’s iPhone, which ranks among the most successful products worldwide in recent years, will retail in India at the stroke of midnight on 22 August, with phone firms Vodafone Essar Ltd and Bharti Airtel Ltd planning to keep some stores open into dawn in a first-of-its-kind launch in the country.
Vodafone Essar, in a text message to its customers, said the 8GB iPhone model will be available for Rs31,000 each and the 16GB one for Rs36,100. Bharti Airtel, in sales calls made to its customers, said the phone will retail at the same rates. Between a previous model and the current one, the iPhone has sold 11 million worldwide.
A Vodafone Essar spokesman said the iPhone 3G, which can be used on so-called third generation networks, will sell at a few Vodafone stores in up to 50 cities from Thursday-Friday midnight. A Bharti Airtel salesman said it would be available at Gurgaon’s Sahara Mall and a few other company outlets elsewhere.