We are thrilled to take the iphone 3G to India: Apple

June 10th, 2008 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/San Francisco, June 10 (IANS) It’s official. Apple is bringing its much-hyped second-generation iPhone, equipped with 3G broadband, to India. Apple chief operating officer (COO) Tim Cook’s statement late Monday night allayed the apprehension in the minds of millions of prospective customers regarding which model of the breakthrough product India will receive.

“We are thrilled to be working with Bharti Airtel, to bring iPhone 3G to millions of mobile customers in India. We can’t wait to get this revolutionary product in the hands of even more people around the world,” Cook said at the sidelines of the world wide developers conference (WWDC) in San Francisco where Apple chief executive officer (CEO) Steve Jobs unveiled the iphone 3G.

Vodafone and Airtel, the two largest GSM telcos in India, revealed in New Delhi last month that they would be retailing Apple’s much-hyped mobile phone device the iPhone in the country.

The iPhone enthusiasts were expecting the launch of the iphone 3G in June. This led to speculation that Apple might dump its older model in India.

The new version of iPhone will be available in 22 countries come July 11. “It will be available in 70 countries (including India) by the end of the year,” Jobs said.

“We’re excited to work with Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile telecommunications company, to bring iPhone 3G to 10 countries across the globe,” Cook added.

India will be one of the 10 countries to receive the Apple phone from Vodafone’s stable. Others include Australia, New Zealand and Italy.

Steve Jobs shocked the world when he revealed the new price positioning of the device. The 16GB model will now cost $299 while the 8GB phone will retail for $199 at Apple and AT&T stores in the US.

When the first model of the iPhone was retailed in June last year the 8GB version was priced at a whopping $499 while the later-discontinued 4GB variant was sold for $399.

Apple did not comment on how the phone will be priced in India.

The new phone will have 3G capabilities and an embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.

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