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Its Official Now, Vodafone Prices iPhone at Rs.31,000

August 20, 2008

Apple’s iPhone, the touch screen handset that acquired a cult status in the US and other western countries now set to launch in India on 22nd August.
In a Surprise move this Morning Vodafone has sent SMS to every subscriber to subscribed to pre-booking of the device; revealing Indian price of iPhone 3G.the SMS sent read as given below:-

Your wait is about to end!
iPhone 3G arrives on Aug 22.
8GB model is for Rs 31,000/- and 16GB for Rs 36,100.
To get your iPhone before others, visit one of the select Vodafone Stores & confirm your booking paying Rs 10,000/- on August 20 or 21. You’ll get an appointment to collect your iPhone after paying the balance amount.
For the List of the select Vodafone Stores, go to Vodafone.in/iPhone.
Save this SMS – you will get need to show it at Vodafone Store for Claiming the iPhone

This confirm that Vodafone is indeed selling Apple iPhone 3G at 31k. this is indeed came as a shock to large number of people who expected iPhone price to be around 10-12k similar to global price.
However, Vodafone, one of the two operators in India which will start selling iPhone from Friday, did not spell out if the price tags were for unlocked iPhone’s, or those with bundled plans.
Now we should wait for Airtel’s pricing and Hope that it should be better than Vodafone.

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[Update]
Vodafone has slashed prices
The new price for the iPhone 3G is 29,000 Indian rupee (about $670 US) and 34,000 Indian rupee (about $785 US) for the 8GB and 16GB model respectively.

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India’s 3G Policy Announced, Some Key Points to Note.

August 1, 2008


Government of India has finally announced its policy on 3G spectrum allocation, paving way for 3G mobile services in country.Telecom minister A.Raja said there would max 10 player in each circle and spectrum would be allocated by bidding method, where the highest bidder gets spectrum.

3D an acronym for 3rd generations of mobile services which supports high-speed video messaging(video calls), mobile TV, gaming etc. the introduction of 3G in India is delayed,now the world is moving towards 4G.

nevertheless its a welcome move as its many time faster than present EDGE networks.

The Detailed policy can be read here. some of the important points mentioned in document.

* Initially, 5players would be allowed in each circle. later this limit would be increased to 10. Delhi & Mumbai will have 3 players instead of 5.

* Allocation of Septrum would based on a third party auction, which means telcos have to shell out more money, subsequently this cost will be passed onto the consumer in form of higher cost. as a Expection BSNL & MTNL would be allotted spectrum preferential basis.

Unfair Policy for Delhi and Mumbai telecom circles
Delhi & mumbai, which is biggest market for 3G will only have 2 private GSM players because the government has made it very clear that there are only three slots available for 3G spectrum in Delhi and Mumbai and two are already going to be reserved for BSNL and MTNL. this is a big blow to all private players.Idea cellular and reliance communication are also bidding for spectrum. This would ensure aggressive bidding and higher service costs.

Only two operators of Airtel,Vodafone,Idea & Reliance will get 3G license.

Bad news for Apple iPhone Lovers

Airtel and Vodafone are official carriers of iPhone in India. infact they have also announced publicly they will launch Apple iPhone 3G. now their plans seems to in toss in two most important circles i.e Delhi & Mumbai. there would be only 2private operators in these circles and more than 15bidders. this would ensure cut Cut Throat competition subcribers in other cities like chennai are more lucky to have 5 players.

Situation is better in CDMA space, there is no competition there. and bidder would get 3G spectrum at base price. BSNL & MTNL will not bid for CDMA.

And 3G services are expected to roll out around may-jun 09.
Get ready to enter new era of Telecommunication.



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