iPhone is going to roll out in India from Friday(22/08/2008) onwards. Leading telecom majors Airtel and Vodafone are distributing iPhone in India. Both companies announced their price which are identical. The rates start from 31K INR for 8GB model with GPS and 36.1INR for 16GB version. The current price of iPhone 3G is 8.5K in US. So the price is surprising.

Even today I got an SMS from Airtel saying book your iPhone from nearby Airtel store by paying an 5KINR, exploiting consumers 🙁 .

iPhone even lacks a lot in its features. So I don’t know how Indian consumers are going to treat iPhone. The price is little bit high when we compare its features with high end other phones. Here is the list iPhone lacks.

> MP3/AAC ringtones
> Video recording

These all are main features that lacks with other phones, moreover lot of applications are missing in iPhone. Considering the price tag of iPhone, I guess this is the right time for iPhone clones to capture Indian markets. Phones like P168, meizu iphone, LG PRADA, Hi Phone, HTC touch dual etc. I will write about the iPhone clones soon in my blog. Keep watching my blog.

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