Tech2 claims that Vodafone India will launch the iPhone 3G on Aug 18. Pricing and ‘other essentials’ are unknown. No official word from Apple yet.
If you scroll down the comments, it is typical of the anti-iPhone sentiment that is likely to prevail. The most trivial of reasons are found to trash the iPhone. ‘The browser does not support flash’ – so don’t buy the iPhone. It does not have video recording – so don’t buy it, etc. As if with their current phone people use video recording 24 hours a day, use mp3 songs as ringtone and put all its features to use at once. So what if the iPhone does not have all the bells & whistles? It scores way above other phones on one thing: user experience. I use an iPod Touch and beleive me, the internet never looked so good or easy on a mobile device as itÂ does here. And I have used the N Series and E Series of the world.
And oh, us Indian’s want a product to deliver everything and yet be made cheap. We want the iPhone to make calls, browse the web, send SMS, read minds, make coffee, scratch back, pick nose and yet be priced under Rs. 10,000. I was in a meeting the other day, where a client expressed similar sentiments about the Indian consumer when it comes to biscuits. She wants glucose, vitamins, minerals, grains, health, energy, nutrition and ‘maa ka aashirvad’ in her biscuit – all at 4 bucks!
Anyway, I wonder if the Aug 18 date is true? Now, do I wait for Airtel to announce date or switch to Vodafone? Decisions, decisions.
UPDATE: Check out this great post from the super-talented Krish Ashok.