Apple Starts Dumping iPhone 4 in India, Others can get Ready for iPhone 5

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Hola amigos! Get ready for the brand new Apple iPhone 5! There is no official confirmation about that yet, but an unofficial confirmation has arrived in the form of iPhone 4 to us, less fortunate Indians.

It has become a norm of sorts for Apple to dump their outdated soon to be replaced models in India and other developing countries. We just got a press release from Airtel, one of the biggest cellular service providers in India about bringing iPhone 4 to India. This has to be one of the shortest and vaguest press releases I have seen in the recent times.

New Delhi, 11th April 2011: Bharti Airtel will launch iPhone 4 in India in the coming months. iPhone 4 is the most innovative phone in the world, featuring Apple’s stunning Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone and FaceTime, which makes video calling a reality. For further information, please visit www.airtel.in. For more information on iPhone 4 please visit http://www.apple.com/iphone

Similar announcements were made by another cellular company, Aircel as well. As you can see above, there is no mention about the price or the release date of iPhone 4 in either of the press releases. “Coming months” can be 2012 as well! The prices of iPhone 4 are expected to be steep as was the case with iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. In India, the carrier subsidy is always given for data plans alone and not for the handsets and it should be the case for iPhone 4 as well.

Apple had dumped their unsold inventory of iPad 1 in India back in January 2011, just a month prior to the announcement of iPad 2 in US and 25 other countries. Now, this announcement of iPhone 4 in India implies that the US launch of iPhone 5 is just around the corner. Don’t be surprised to see iPhone 5 by May 2011.

Apple or the cellular companies have never dared to talk about the number of iPhones (3G/3GS) and iPads they have managed to sell to the unlucky Indian consumers. I am sure the stats show a sorry figure. But they don’t seem to mind much, as they still see India as a dumping ground.

Dear (fellow) Indian fanboys, would you still be interested in buying an iPhone 4 on Airtel/Aircel? Let me know.

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  1. Rumors state an iPhone 5 launch around Sept 2010 – Jan 2011, given the fact that the white iPhone 4 was only recently launched, apart from many other reasons…. As for the price, I assume the 16Gb will sell from 33.5k and the 32Gb for 39.5k (estimated)

    And i’d definitely go in for an iPhone via Airtel, simply because i don’t hav to worry about carrier unlock every time i update (which is quiet frequently with the iPhone) and i hav a peace of mind that i hav a valid warranty on my 30k+ phone

  2. Well in Apple’s defense, the iPad 2 was released fairly quickly. Can see them releasing the iPhone 4 though. If the iPad 2 release is anything to go by then we may be able to expect the iPhone 5 soon as well

    So wait for iPhone 5 or 4S depending in what you believe

    1. well ipad 2 came to India pretty quick, mac book air came early..new mac book line up is updated
      n even USA got white iphone4 aftr almost one year..we got both black n white togethr at d same time
      pretty much makes it even..Apple is realising d market potential here

      nyways im bored of iphone4 owned it for 11 months
      i need iphone5

    2. ipad 2 came to India pretty quick, mac book air came early..new mac book line up is updated
      n even USA got white iphone4 aftr almost one year..we got both black n white togethr at d same time
      pretty much makes it even..Apple is realising d market potential here