iPhone Doesn’t Even Sell 1000 Devices on Launch In India
By on August 23rd, 2008

Update: There are reports that iPhone sold 4000 units, and it may be a possibility that they sold it in combination of actual delivery and pre-ordering, we do not disagree, but we stand on our report. We have these numbers from a very reliable source.

Update: Cell phone companies never publicly said that iPhone lacks video camera capabilities, MMS, Bluetooth and only has a 2 Megapixel camera. Please contact your iPhone provider about it.

iPhone launched with much fanfare in India, but with no buyers, the top reason being the ill calculated pricing strategy in place. To top it people did not know that the phone did not have a video camera and are already complaining about it to the cell phone companies.

Going with the launches across India, it was not more than a dampener. To put it into perspective, the reception in a New York store would have beaten the reception iPhone got in the whole of the country, and they barely managed to snatch 1000 iPhones.

What Went Wrong?

Several things went wrong, like we told you earlier the pricing strategy was a big let down in a market that would not spend more than INR15000 ($350) for a phone, people who would have bought the phone would have been termed crazy if not Apple Fanboys.

To add to that fact, Apple doesn’t carry the feature many Indians rely to communicate, Multimedia messages are a done thing and iPhone does not have a feature that supports that, add to a fact that iPhone does not have video capabilities and also lacks Bluetooth.

This in lieu with the fact that India does not have a 3G plan in place yet, which would mean that users have to surf on a EDGE/GPRS connection along with having to foot a data plan bill that would be triple of a regular phone users bill, just to access the Internet on a limited bandwidth. If you are in US you could compare this with the first generation iPhones, which had problem with Internet connections.

Would It Be Good?

There is some news that the prices have been cut, though this seems to be a real desperate measure to get more buyers, given the mentality and lack of features, we definitely don’t see a hike in the sales figures in India. Alas the phone that sold in millions in the US, does not convert to a killer phone worldwide, there is Nokia (our favorite) to push Apple’s tails to a level where they can smell it, and right now they surely smell something bad there.

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  • http://techequal.com ashwin

    Nobody in india is gonna shell Rs.31000 just to get their hands on a phone even if it is the ‘IPHONE 3G’ which like you said doesn’t have things that indian’s mainly use like MMS & has no video capturing facility.Most people in india don’t use internet in their phone that much & with IPHONE’s data charge being quite high with no unlimited plans 3G ain’t gonna matter much!!

  • http://www.whoisdeep.com Deep

    What I feel is, even if the price is around 20K it won’t here.. mainly because of the features and carelessness of apple.. they simply didn’t bother to provide latest phones to India (the one I got had 2.0 firmware, latest is 2.0.2)

    And like you said, lack of features will screw up the whole thing..

  • http://www.gravityblue.com/ Gravity

    Well it was pretty much expected because of the hight prices =/

  • http://www.technobuzz.net/ Raj

    I don,t know why the peoples are crazy about the new iphone. In india most of us need Bluetooth to share files with each other and Video Camera too.

    But iphone doesn,t have these features. So whats the use of iphone. Its like a ipod with touch screen feature lol.

    What say guys

  • hei

    where are you getting the idea that iphone doesn’t support bluetooth?

    how do you imagine this headset works, then?

    also, apple decided to bet against MMS by giving users such a fluid interface for email that they might prefer to simply use their email (or publish to a web gallery)

    • Keith Dsouza

      @hei Apple only support bluetooth for the headset (their own), please read this post in Gizmodo iPhone Bluetooth does nothing but call.

      Also talking about email instead of MMS I would say people back in India prefer using MMS, the rest who want email use Blackberry.

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  • thatdannyguy

    so there are 4000 rich retarded apple fanboys in india
    thats not bad

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  • Sajal

    Friends…..those of you in India planning for iPhone… THINK TWICE BEFORE MAKING A DECISION… The short comings of iPhone are endless…

    You need to buy one and check whether the following issues are TRUE or FALSE J

    -No video calling,
    -no AD2P on the Bluetooth,
    -CAN’T share ANY (mp3, images, videos….) files via Bluetooth,
    -can’t use as a wireless modem, (you pay ridiculous data charges to activate internet on your phone, but cannot connect it to your PC and browse when you are at home)
    -no copy and paste,(cannot copy a part of a…. say…. email & send it….have to type it out yourself)
    -no 3.2 or 5 megapixel camera,(the 2MP camera it carries is worst camera i’ve ever seen….. photos look like they have come out of a VGA camera)
    -no video recording with camera,
    -no front camera,
    -no flash.
    -no JAVA support
    -No physical keyboard (BELIEVE me! this alone is a deal breaker…touch keyboard as good as it looks…once you use it then only you come to know about the importance of having a hard keypad)
    -No 3G network yet in India. so why pay for expensive 3G phone if you cant use its 3G services … so, for India, iPhone 2.0 is no better than its first version
    -No removable battery. (You cannot change battery. Have to send it to apple outlet.. Come on now!!!!…This is not an iPod. Its a bloody phone. You cannot live without phone for 2-3 days)
    -No haptic feedback and
    -cannot send MMS,
    -can’t use as external storage device (16 GB of utter waste. next time you go to your friend’s house & find some interesting songs, movies, etc…sorry you cannot connect your ’16 GB’ phone and share it!!!! Apple apparently has a solution… “BUY MUSIC & MOVIES FROM iTunes STORE “….. Give me a break will you APPLE!!!)
    -no FM radio,
    -Can’t use your mp3 files as ringtones, – another solution BUY RINGTONES FROM iTunes!!!! (This is heights man!!!)
    -cannot insert any other SIM card….
    -completely tied to iTunes… Connect to your friend’s iTunes & you risk erasing everything on your phone.
    -list goes on & on & on….

    We Indians are used to these features. Most of our phones already have these features. & we cannot do with out them…. i mean can you imagine paying so much for a phone with which you cannot transfer files via Bluetooth. What age is this …STONE AGE???

    Some features may be activated by jailbreak.. But why the hell should you risk losing your warranty after paying so much.

    And want to add third party softwares??.. YOU HAVE TO BUY THEM FROM iTunes STORE ONLY!!! . (Shell out more money). Apple is a bloody control freak. Dont surrender your freedom to it.

    Its good for american market (who have no idea what mobile freedom/choice is) which is in stone age compared to asian/european markets. When they want to buy a phone, they have to go to network operators and buy only those phones that are available on that network. & stick to that company till their contract expires. You want to change carriers? Not before paying damages, & buying another phone on the other network again.

    On the contrary, we in India have so much freedom. We go to handset shops & buy which ever phone we like.
    Then go to carriers.. checkout the plans & buy SIM.. Dont like the plan or rival carrier came up with a better plan???? EASY .. just remove & replace the SIM.

    Apple are trying to IMPOSE THEIR MODEL ON US riding on the hype iPhone has created in the US (yes it was a flop in Europe …that’s why Apple never talks about its sales in Europe).

    Dont fall for the subsidized price of iPhone… CHECKOUT THE DATA PLAN ATTACHED TO ITS SIM ..they will recover the cost through ridiculous data plans. Bill might come to around Rs 2500/month.(ATLEAST AMERICANS PAY THAT MUCH)

    Let me clear one thing though.. iphone is the best looking phone (its touch interface is nothing like you have ever seen ), & best browsing experience out there no doubt …. (& others are fast catching up..check out the android demo at Google IO 2008)…. BUT AFTER A FEW DAYS IT ALL COMES DOWN TO FUNCTIONALITY…

    Those of who buy it… You will be most happy for atmost a week… & then, MARK MY WORDS…YOU WILL START REGRETTING IT!!!

    My advice…WAIT FOR HTC DREAM!! (powered by android). If Still not convinced by then…by all means go for iPhone…

    So friends lets spread this info to all our friends (they have a right to information) and help them in making a wise decision….. & those of you who have bought unlocked versions already please share your experiences with others

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