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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Apple, Vodafone and some stories!



A Breaking News.

iPhone is going to be released in India by September. Vodafone is reportedly to be the carrier.


"The Cupertino, California-based company, according to Apple retail sources, said initially the 8 GB version of the much-hyped touchscreen device -- which combines Wi-Fi capabilities with a powerful email client, TV feeds, online music store and map-based location guide -- will be launched at a price ranging between Rs 27,200 and Rs 28,000"

"The carrier deal for India is being worked out with Vodafone," said an Apple source.

ArtsTechnica and Rediff have caught up with the news.

I think this is going to be a big mistake for Apple since there are already around 10,000 - 15,000 unlocked iPhones in India. I believe a majority of them, around 75% will be Airtel customers. So, if Apple wants to sweep India just like it did in US and Europe, then it needs not just Vodafone, but also Airtel in its kitty.

Below is Airtel's and Vodafone's stats in Metros.

City

Airtel

Vodafone

Delhi

3,890,698

3,216,769

Mumbai

3,451,567

2,427,460

Chennai

1,174,589

1,714,841

Kolkata

1,974,177

1,807,031

All India

61,984,721 (32.22%) *

44,126,243 (29.93%) *

* Considering the total GSM connections. Source Wikipedia.


It's a 60:40 (Airtel:Vodafone) play in the Metros. Taking on a whole, Airtel has 33% of India's GSM customers and Vodafone lags behind at 23%. (Till March 2008). So, what does Steve thinks now? A multi-player or a monopoly?

Watch this space for some detailed analysis soon...






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