Tuesday, April 15, 2008

iphone India launch

The long wait for iphone launch is finally going to be over this year. You will no longer need to illegally buy, unlock and then use the most-desired cell phone — the Apple iPhone. Its much-awaited and delayed India launch is expected with telecom operator Vodafone in the first week of September.

The Cupertino, California-based company, according to Apple retail sources, said initially the 8 GB version of the much-hyped touch screen device — which combines Wi-Fi capabilities with a powerful email client, TV feeds, online music store and map-based location guide — will be launched at a price ranging between Rs 27,200 and Rs 28,000.

Apple sources in Singapore, when contacted last month, had maintained that the India launch would happen in 2008, but they did not give the exact date. Based on buyer response, the launch of the 16 GB version will be staggered to the middle of 2009.

Post launch in India, the iPhone can be ‘unlocked’ (or configured to use SIM cards from all telecom carriers), though the company is not fully open to such a possibility. As if that mattered! How do they think people have been using it so far? It is real easy to unlock and configure the iphone, just visit the nearest mobile repair shop. Still this is good noose for all you gizmo freaks if you have the cash.

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