iPhone 3G in India :Vodafone & Airtel to Launch on August 22

Come August 22 and Indian cell users will finally be able to get their hands on an ‘official’ iPhone in the country with leading service providers Vodafone and Airtel launching the touch-screen handset on that day.
“iPhone has been an iconic technological revelation of this year,” Bharti Airtel’s president for mobile services, Sanjay Kapoor, said on Wednesday in a statement.

When contacted, Vodafone Essar officials were quick to point out that they would also be unveiling the second-generation iPhone on August 22. However, both the firms refused to divulge price details.

“We are awaiting an official confirmation from Apple before we can do that,” said Vodafone Essar’s marketing
director, Harit Nagpal.

However, sources revealed that both telecos could reveal their price points within this week. And it may not be
as cheap as in the US since the Indian telecom market is already subsidised with each call costing only a few paise as against much higher tariffs in the American market.

Still, telecom analysts expect the Apple-made iPhone (which retails in the US at $199 – about Rs 8,300 – for 8Gb version and at $299 – Rs 12,500 – for 16Gb) to give other existing cell-manufacturers a run for their money.

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