Apple Making Moves to Sell More iPhones in India

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    The Wall Street Journal reports on recent moves Apple has made to increase sales in India, one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Recently the company has launched the iTunes Store and the Apple TV there, and it was rumored that Apple Retail Stores were coming to the subcontinent as well.
    India has frequently been mentioned when talking about Apple's possible development of a lower-cost iPhone, because most smartphone users in India use postpaid plans and pay for their phones up front, instead of the subsidization model that is used in the West.

    The Journal quotes a number of experts saying that Apple will have to come out with a more inexpensive phone to compete with other manufacturers -- Samsung sells Android phones that start at $100, while the cheapest iPhones sell for $500 and a new iPhone 5 is close to $850.

    Article Link: Apple Making Moves to Sell More iPhones in India
     
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    So few phones for such a big market. I for one am shocked. Big potential there.
     
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    Apple, release the low-cost iPhone & watch sales rocket!
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    And profit margins plunge! And investors sell! And stock price plummet!
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Also watch the image of Apple possibly releasing high class products start to tank.

    With division of class in India (yes I'm Indian), I'm sure they could appeal with their current prices as a high status item.

    Now if the chaiwala has an iPhone...
     
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    The apple brand has such a huge cache in India,just a phone for even 350$ will send the sales through the roof.It will certainly take the major chunk of the mid-segment phone market. Go :apple: :cool:

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    While I totally agree with the division of class and status symbol thing in India (Indian here as well) but even at 350$ (estimated) it will be fairly upper middle class-see how samsung has built a fan following for high class S3 and Note 2 despite them making dumb phones as well.

    PS-Don't think people here will understand 'chaiwala' :p
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    Apple, release the low-cost iPhone & iWatch sales rocket!
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    I am now craving for a Tika Masala and Naan bread.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    But who will Indians call for customer service?

    Do you think they get mad when they get transferred to customer service in another country?

    Random indian customer "Bah, I hate when I get American customer support"
     
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    Apple doesn't "have to" do anything. They "choose to" do what forwards their goals of "delighting people", at a profit suitable for a public stock company with margin and growth expectations.

    Expectations that are not represented in the current price or P/E ratio.

    Want low margin widely dominant Apple products? Encourage them to go private.

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    I'd already dragged it into Wikipedia before I got to your post....

    Although, you're right that many people are too lazy (or stupid) to spend a few seconds looking up an unfamiliar term, and instead will spend a few more seconds asking about it here.
     
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    What does chaiwala mean? :confused:
     
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    Someone who gets your tea for you. Aka a servant aka lower class.
     
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    Man, you people don't understand comedic timing at all, do you?
     
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    It's the person who runs a tea-stall,a cup of tea generally costs around 20 cents.They are considered low-class people.

    yeah lol.

    NOPES-see above.Servant is 'naukar'-Hindi class going on here folks :D
     
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    I did.
     
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    I think that's going to be the source of a lot of jailbreaks and pirated apps.
     
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    Lol very funny. Don't forget about the subjiwala
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    In Apple's case, you wait for 30 minutes for an American representative. Microsoft just hooks you up to India instantly. Indians better hope Apple does for them what MS does! XD

    Apple customer support was wonderful until the iPhone came out. Now it's bogged down with every idiot out there asking how to open Internet Explorer.
     
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    Doodhwala will like to have a word with you for mising him out :p
     
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    Haha :D
    Laughing too hard right now..

    But yes it would sure be nice I suppose if Apple sells more phones :cool:
     
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    I Lol'd at this.
     
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    India is the 2nd largest market, samsung's crappy note 2 which is priced at about 700 dollars sells twice the number as iphone 5s. Reasons?
     
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    People like it better?
     

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