After almost an eleven month wait since its International release, iPhone 4 has been launched in India today by Aircel and Airtel.
iPhone has been one of the most sold mobile phones across the world and ever since iPhone 4 was launched, Indians have been desperately waiting for its launch here. India has emerged as the second biggest market for mobile phones and it’s quite surprising that Apple took 11 months to launch its premier phone in India.
The loss of late launch has mainly been Apple’s. Apple’s loss has mainly been Android’s gain. Companies like HTC and Samsung did good business in selling their top-end products like HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S. Those who were desperate enough for iPhone 4, got it through shops in Palika Bazar in Delhi or through sellers on eBay. It seems Apple did learn from its mistake,a s it launched Apple iPad 2 in just a month’s time from its launch date in US.
iPhone 4 is a feature packed phone with a 3.5 inch screen, Apple’s iOS 4, retina display, FaceTime for video calls, 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and HD video recording capabilities. iPhone’s retina display is said to be the best display currently available on mobile phones and the only challenger near by is Samsung Galaxy S Super AMOLED display.
But, iPhone has stuck to its 3.5 inch screen since the start and that has disappointed some of its fans. With the mobile market growing for business users, people are using mobiles for not just communication, but also for business presentations, emails, chats and as e-readers. Phones like HTC Desire HD with 4.3 inch screen and Dell Streak with 5 inch screen has somewhat fulfilled this need with their bigger screens.
iPhone 4 has been priced in India at Rs. 34,500 for its 16GB version. The 34 GB version will cost Rs. 40,900. Both Airtel and Aircel came out with full page ads on all major Newspapers today, 27th May, to announce the availability of the phone.
Aircel advertisement in newspapers today tries to inform its users that they are returning the phone cost to the user over a 2 year period. with it’s 100% money back offer, Aircel will charge you Rs. 34,500 for the phone. The monthly rental for each month will be Rs. 2139, but in a two year contract, they will wave off Rs. 1440 and charge you just Rs. 699 a month with 2000 local voice minutes free. Unfortunately, we tried to get more deal details from two different Aircel outlets in Ghaziabad, but both said they have absolutely no news of iPhone being launched in India or the plans!!! We were left wondering behind the logic of full page ads when their sales teams don’t even know of the offer…