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iPhone: I’m coming to India in 3G avatar today

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Apple iPHone 3G

Apple iPHone 3G

The wait for all the gizmo freaks is going to come to an end today midnight, No I’m not talking about RGV’s new movie release Phoonk. I’m talking about the much awaited gizmo – Apple’s iPhone. Yes. it’s going to be launched in India for the first time today midnight. India is going to see the first official iPhone and that too in it’s 3G avatar. Isn’t that great?

The iPhone being launched in India is 3GB enabled and comes in two bundles, 8GB and 16GB. Vodafone has announced that it will be launching the Indian versions at Rs. 31,000 for 8GB and Rs. 36,500 grand for 16GB which happens to be much more expensive than $199 what is offered in the USA. Airtel too is offering the iPhone at somewhat similar price range.

The pricing may seems stiff as compared to the counterpart in the US ($199) but it can be said legitimate. In the US it is the price offered by AT&T, who adds different tariff slabs on the services. Since the tariffs are much higher compared them to India, they very well subsidize the phone by tying the customer to the contract. Last month (July) when I was in the US, the time when Apple launched it’s 3G version in the US, I learnt that AT&T was offering the new 3G iPhone for a contract of 2 years. This way it compensates the cost of the cell phone.

iPhone has way too many features which you don’t find in other traditional and high-end cell phones (Smart phones). After the launch of iPhone in the USA and other countries other mobile phone brands too came out with their version of Smart Phones which had similar functions and the like UI too like the HTC Touch, and the most recent being Nokia N93.

IPhone in simple words is actually a combo of Cell Phone, Internet Device, and Apple’s iconic music player iPod and on top of that it has GPS too. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for other smart phones in the market.

The features range from

  • 3G enabled
  • You can access google maps
  • User friendly graphical interface
  • Future technology – if you tilt the phone horizontal the screen too becomes so
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Built-in speaker
  • No external memory required – comes in 8Gb and 16Gb

This doesn’t mean that it does not have any down side. You can see that some little things can become a pain like

  • Some third-party applications are not compatible
  • Does not support Bluetooth
  • The price factor
  • Camera is only to take pictures – taking video is not supported
  • Monotonous ringtones – cannot use choice of songs as ringtones

That said, you must be one gizmo freak who is waiting very impatiently to buy one for yourself. You can checkout the local stores like E-Zone, Sangeetha, Reliance TimeOut, Apple store in Forum Mall, Apple store in MG Road to find one for yourself or your loved one.

Having said that, there’s still one fact everyone seems to have not taken into account. Presently Indian Service Providers are not yet enabled their networks for support 3G. It means you cannot utilize all the 3G dependent features this giant gadget is offering you. But it’s still worth a million to have one for yourself.

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Written by Gururaj

August 21, 2008 at 10:40 am

3 Responses

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  1. Thanks for your comment swapsshah

    True Swapshah, but I think there are other bundle of other features too the users can try out.

    Gururaj

    September 15, 2008 at 11:19 pm

  2. Good point dude!!! Its a useless machine until you have 3G services being rolled out in India…

    Swapneel Shah

    September 15, 2008 at 5:59 pm

  3. There’s one small issue in writing style on this post. The title is something like iPhone is narrating but the body/text is my tone…

    A unchangeable blunder…

    Gururaj

    August 25, 2008 at 12:10 am


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