iPhone evokes interest of Indian smugglers

Interest in iPhone in india is very high a shop in south Delhi’s Ansal Plaza recorded a whopping 50,000 enquiries when Steve Jobs, Apple’s C...

Interest in iPhone in india is very high a shop in south Delhi’s Ansal Plaza recorded a whopping 50,000 enquiries when Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, announced the launch of the iPhone.
Officially iPhone is not going to be in india at least till 2008 but for those who really want it, the wait might be as short as a fortnight or, at the most, a month. This is not just because of efficiently smuggled shipments but a technical ‘feat’ as well.
In the US, Apple has tied up with AT&T in an exclusive contract. This means that the iPhone will only work on an AT&T SIM card for which buyers have to sign up for an $59 to $100 a month plan for a minimum two-year subscription.
But in India, grey market operators say they can “unlock” the phone for just Rs 1,000 or Rs 1,500 so that it can be used on any network in India. “Unlocking the iPhone isn’t tough,” said a dealer in central Delhi.
In the US, the phone is priced between $500 (Rs 22,000) for the 4 GB version and $600 (Rs 25,500) for the 8 GB model. There are further variations depending upon the memory. Out in the grey markets of Palika Bazar or Sarojini Nagar, an entry-level iPhone will be available for Rs 30,000.
If you are looking at legal channels only than you can try HTC's Touch or Samsung's Ultra Smart F700 (India launch later this year) .
Source Business Standard
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