I should have jumped with joy today when I saw mail from Vodafone asking me to come to their store and pay up the advance for the iPhone. Instead, I was disappointed. The reason: it will be available in 8GB & 16GB models, priced at Rs 31,000 and Rs 36,100 respectively. And that’s official Vodafone communication. Whoa! Imagine paying $715 for something that is priced $200 in the US?
Add it to the list of ‘Things that are wrong with this world’.
I had read this yesterday and also saw the news item on Zee Business claiming that there will be an option of phone contracts for iPhone where the down payment will be as low as Rs.8600! There has been no official news from Airtel, as yet on the pricing. I was really hoping that both Airtel & Vodafone would offer a long-term contract and make the upfront payment attractive. I have been an Airtel user for 3 years now and see no disincentive in signing a long term contract with them.
During the launch of iPhone in other markets, I remember the price being announced days in advance. Strange that Apple India has not put up the pricing yet on its site and the telecom provider has announced the price just 2 days prior to launch. And that’s a huge deterrent for a majority of those waiting for the iPhone here.
Makes me wish I was an importer in the grey market. I would be the only person thrilled with this iPhone pricing.