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International iPhone 3G Launches: India, Singapore, Estonia, Romania

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During their Q3 2008 financial results conference call, Apple announced that they would be launching the iPhone 3G in 20 additional countries on August 22nd. Several carriers have started announcing their plans:

- Singtel of Singapore sent out an email (image) telling interested customers that they will be sending out more details next week. Those you sign up at singtel.com/iphone will receive priority.
- TeliaSonera announced that they would be bringing the iPhone 3G to Estonia on August 22nd.
- Airtel announced the iPhone 3G will be "coming soon" to India. (via TechTickerBlog)
- Orange announced that they will be bringing the iPhone 3G to Romania on August 22nd.

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bobrik

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antielectrons

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Still cant get it in Spain .... 3 weeks after its "launch". Apple should concentrate on delivering what they have already promised first before frustrating any more potential customers... :mad:
 
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ImNoSuperMan

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Once released in India, nobody will be able to get iPhones worldwide due to excess demand. :)

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Nah.. I dont really think so. India is a very big market for latest mobile phones but iPhone is not going to make a big impact. Only a small percentage of buyers actually buy these phone for their features. 800$ for a good smartphone which is LATEST n the COOLEST is no big deal here. But it`ll be bought only coz its LATEST not coz it offers some great functionality. They`ll sell quite a few but nothig compared to the American Markets.

All this might change by the time next iPhone arrives as people will realize the actual potential of the iPhone. But for now, my guess is it wont break any records.

Anyways I m really glad that I can finally own an iPhone with Apple Warranty and without any fear of the software updates breaking my iPhone.:). All I want to know now is the pricing details.
 
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mkrishnan

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do they even have enough iphones made to do this?

I think this is (in part) what the ramp-up to 800k units / wk is supposed to be for. 800k units / wk annualized at even a lower (but not unheard of) capacitization like 40 wks of production per year is 32 million units per year. If they're able to sell the iPhone faster than that, I think everyone will be stunned. More likely the ramp is temporary....

If they bank phones at that rate even for 4-6 weeks (if an announcement comes today, phones are probably not going on sale tomorrow in Estonia), that should give them a pretty good buffer of several million phones with which to do this.
 
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jholzner

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Nah.. I dont really think so. India is a very big market for latest mobile phones but iPhone is not going to make a big impact. Only a small percentage of buyers actually buy these phone for their features. 800$ for a good smartphone which is LATEST n the COOLEST is no big deal here. But it`ll be bought only coz its LATEST not coz it offers some great functionality. They`ll sell quite a few but nothig compared to the American Markets.

That's what they said about Japan too...but they were wrong.
 
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rols

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it's not 4-6 weeks, everyone who's announced a date says August 22nd, that's 2 weeks from now. That's an extra 1.5 million phones, and they sold a million in the first 3 days in the US and they are still out of them in most of the other markets they were released in.

I hope to have mine 2 weeks from today and I'm happy they are coming to Singapore. However I suspect that demand will far outstrip supply and there will be 2 hours of happy people, and then the rest of us will wait for 6 weeks until they really ship enough.

I think this is (in part) what the ramp-up to 800k units / wk is supposed to be for. 800k units / wk annualized at even a lower (but not unheard of) capacitization like 40 wks of production per year is 32 million units per year. If they're able to sell the iPhone faster than that, I think everyone will be stunned. More likely the ramp is temporary....

If they bank phones at that rate even for 4-6 weeks (if an announcement comes today, phones are probably not going on sale tomorrow in Estonia), that should give them a pretty good buffer of several million phones with which to do this.
 
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Fabio_gsilva

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I think this is (in part) what the ramp-up to 800k units / wk is supposed to be for. 800k units / wk annualized at even a lower (but not unheard of) capacitization like 40 wks of production per year is 32 million units per year. If they're able to sell the iPhone faster than that, I think everyone will be stunned. More likely the ramp is temporary....

If they bank phones at that rate even for 4-6 weeks (if an announcement comes today, phones are probably not going on sale tomorrow in Estonia), that should give them a pretty good buffer of several million phones with which to do this.

In China the year has 52 weeks of production. There is no break, and a lot of overtime...
 
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Apple Ink

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I've been to India a few times (Im in India right now actually and its raining like hell here)

The popularity of the phone actually depends on the plans! People here have an average monthly bill of :eek:$10:eek:

And as far as the 'units' are concerned, Im sure Apple has it all planned! But yes, it would be considerate of them to look at countries like us where its in "shortage"!
 
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jfanning

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I've been to India a few times (Im in India right now actually and its raining like hell here)

The popularity of the phone actually depends on the plans! People here have an average monthly bill of :eek:$10:eek:

There was a interview on some web site a while back with the CEO of Vodafone where he discussed the cost of doing business in India, and in particular how the cost of making (from the carriers point of view) a call in India was dramatically lower than the likes of the UK
 
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