Thursday, August 21, 2008

iPhone launched at midnight in India

At the stroke of midnight, India says hello to iPhone

Crowds lined up outside a Gurgaon mall and a few shops in Delhi to pick up the latest Apple iPhone that went on sale at midnight on Thursday in India. And no one was daunted by the Rs 30,000-plus price.

The Apple iPhone 3G (third generation) was launched across India by telecom majors Bharti Airtel and Vodafone.

The iPhone is priced at Rs 31,000 for 8GB and Rs 36,100 for 16GB of memory space.

The phones are being given on first come first serve basis.

Bharti Airtel said the Apple iPhone will be launched across six cities in the country.

Rival Vodafone, the other authorised service provider for Apple in India, also launched the gadget at the same time.

The phone were sold at Hyderabad and Bangalore besides the four metropolitan cities and will be later introduced in 65 cities.

India till now has been the third largest unofficial market for iPhone after Russia and China.

Ironically, China where the phone is manufactured, still does not feature in Apple's roadmap for retailing the iPhone.