iPhone 4 launched in India? Not exactly…

2 Nov

When will Apple launch the iPhone 4 in India, seems to be the billion dollar question on everyone’s mind. Well, it seems online retailer Infibeam has the answer – RIGHT NOW! Infibeam is selling the iPhone 4 16 GB for 38,299 and the 32 GB variant for Rs 43,479 (notice how they refer to it as iPhone 4G and not iPhone 4). We called Infibeam to find out more and this is what they told us.

infibeam-iphone-4

Initially, we were told that the phones were locked and we had to get them unlocked from a local ‘supplier.’ If the website says white version of the iPhone 4 is available, then it must be available. So what if Apple has not launched it yet. Then the receptionist (we assume) passed on the phone to another person who clarified that the phones were factory unlocked and the white version is not available, yet. When we quizzed him about Apple warranty on those phones, he claimed that the stock they have has been imported by Apple India, so users will get proper warranty.

 

All these claims simply don’t add up. It is just not possible for Apple not to announce the launch of iPhone 4 in India and give out stocks to retailers. That too not to its carrier partners but an Infibeam. We have reached out to Apple India for clarification on it. We believe that this is as good as buying the iPhone 4 from the grey market. So beware!

 

Thanks to @weemundo

9 Responses to “iPhone 4 launched in India? Not exactly…”

  1. Harsh Agrawal November 3, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    Infibeam is a reputed brand…Wondering how come they come up with something like this?

  2. Thakur November 3, 2010 at 4:57 am #

    I think Apple will announce the phone in the next 2 months

  3. Sam November 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Update.- i call these guys nd a girl pick up the phone nd from here way of talking it seem like she didnt know nthing about it nd say its nt available so its scam
    nd its hard to belive that guys like who which are my prefreble source of info. But u do cheap advertisment of other company so u lost ur one regular reader and fan

    • Rajat Agrawal November 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

      Sam,
      If you check their site, the iPhone 4 is still listed. The thought behind this post was to warn our readers to not fall for it. Our readers come first and foremost.
      Rajat

  4. Ruth November 30, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    Hi,

    I dont know how far this is true, but apparently apple is allowing phones bought in the US to be used in india. in the sense, they unlock it. it seems to good to be true.
    I’ve been wanting to buy an IPhone for the past year or so.
    Based on my research i decided on the iphone 3GS as there were many complaints about the iphone 4. so basically please let me know if :-
    1- Iphones bought in the US, can be unlocked by apple & used in India.
    2- If not, if i buy a phone from the US, un-lock it & say upgrade the phone’s software will it lock it the phone permanently?
    3- Buy the 3GS or the 4??

    Thanks a tonne!!

    • Rajat Agrawal November 30, 2010 at 2:19 am #

      Hi Ruth,
      Apple does not unlock iPhones in the US. If you buy one from the US, you will have to get it unlocked from third parties to use it with a carrier in india. Yes, updating an unlocked iphone will lock it again.

      However, there are many countries where Apple sells factory unlocked iphones. These are unsubsidized and hence, expensive.

    • Rajat Agrawal November 30, 2010 at 2:20 am #

      Also, would suggest you buy the iphone 4.

  5. ruth December 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    Thank You Rajat 😀

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