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Apple iPhone 4 hot in India as sales triple in less than one week

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Apple iPhone 4 hot in India as sales triple in less than one week
The Apple iPhone 4 is red hot in India. Thanks to a trade-in promotion, Apple has become the number two manufacturer in the country with sales tripling in less than a week. Contracts for smartphones are rare in the country and users end up paying the full price in advance for a handset along with paying full price for service. So when a deal like the one Apple has running for the Apple iPhone 4 comes along, it ends up bringing in big business. Remember, this is an emerging market with low income buyers who want a phone that will run for years.

The Apple iPhone 4 is hot in India

The Apple iPhone 4 is hot in India

The current deal being run by Apple and cooperating re-sellers takes 7,000 Rupees ($129 USD) off the price of the Apple iPhone 4, which costs $488 before the discount. To get the discount, the buyers must trade-in a used smartphone. The used device is refurbished and sold right into the country's sizzling hot used smartphone market. The deal has pushed the 4th generation iPhone ahead of the Apple iPhone 5 in India as Apple's non-existent sales in India have turned thanks to the aggressive sales tactics from the Cupertino tech giant. The company tripled sales during the 2012 holiday quarter. It is expected that Apple will start pushing the Apple iPhone 4S in India once the Apple iPhone 5S is launched.

Samsung has been following Apple and has copied the sales plan. The Samsung Galaxy Grand And Samsung GALAXY Note II are among the top three handsets in India. With BlackBerry and Nokia Windows Phone 8 models also in strong demand in India, Apple has been surprised by how hot the Apple iPhone 4 has become. It gives Apple more incentive to come up with the oft-rumored low-cost version of the iPhone as the device can be designed by Apple to maximize profits.

source: electronista

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posted on 12 Apr 2013, 15:50 17

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14229; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Amazing at 3 years old the iPhone 4 continues to dominate.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 16:30 12

6. osmaankhaan (unregistered)


and not to forget the "begging to customers strategy' helped a lot with 0% percentage downpayment, 0% service charge, 12 easy emi's with 0% interest, and a cash back offer ONLY.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 18:30 9

14. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Amazing that people buy the cheapest apple product cause its the only one affordable.

:mindblown

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 21:04 7

17. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Only if sold cheap else no one cares.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 06:16 1

34. KennethP4V (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


hahah samsung has phones that r cheap cheap like 100 USD, how come no one care?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 21:43 2

39. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Cause they are plastic, feels cheap, Lags. I think WP is the best in midrange and low end. I mean, you can't play the apps and games you want on a low end Android. But you can on WP, especially if WP is now getting Games from Gameloft.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 22:55

20. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


And yet people still dont realize its the same old phone even in india. I'm planning getting a gs mini or a xperia phone when i visit india later this year

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 07:44

37. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


over here owning an apple device is a pretty big deal.atleast to the common person who doesn't know xyz about phones.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 00:57 4

26. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Yep, i cant believe the phone that needed a condom to solve the antenna issue is still selling well

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 15:56 14

2. Neurone (Posts: 54; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Its not the iphone4 , but its the brand ApplE which the people are after....

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 00:32 5

24. sam_tek (Posts: 105; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)


unfotunately true

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 01:07 3

27. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


too bad for the victims, i mean the buyers..

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 16:18 6

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I get tired of seeing iPhone 5, 4 and 4S in front of the paper as soon as i get up.
The whole page is consumed by the ad, that it's ready to pop right at you.
And Alan, that sentence in the last para, "Samsung has been following Apple and has
copied the sales plan." is going to bring you some trouble.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 16:26 8

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 22085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


He's rite in that Sammy has learned from apple in several key areas, but Sammy has taken it to another level in innovation, while apple has gone to refining. Sammy learned from apple to unify their flagship brand across carriers, they also now market the way the device makes day to day life easier, instead of just marketing specs like Motorola. Apple has let the student become the master, and now Sammy is out dueling apple. I'm gonna tell it like it is, apple needs to get off their rump and wow us with something new and fresh, or my very good yet boring ip5 will be my last iPhone.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 16:33

7. osmaankhaan (unregistered)


in the end r u with apple or samsung ;-)

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 16:40 5

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 22085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Honestly in the end I'm with tech. I just think apple needs to step it up.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 00:11 2

23. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Dark, this is sad man... No one appreciates reasonable comments anymore. Think it's time to leave this site and find another.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 06:17

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 22085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nathan I think you're right. The fanboyism is too contagious.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 00:43 1

25. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Not saying he's not right or wrong, just saying Sammy fans won't let this go easy.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 16:20 3

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 22085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's impressive considering it launch in 2010. I don't blame apple for "milking the clock", but going forward I'm done buying new iPhones if they don't blow me away this year. If the 5S looks like the 5, I'll just update to ios7.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:33 2

9. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


"Samsung has been following Apple and has copied the sales plan"
huh, nothing surprising there. Beginning to wonder if Samsung would have been successful if it weren't for other companies to "inspire it".

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:34 1

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 22085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good point, but moot also cause they are.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:34 2

10. MCrapp (Posts: 318; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


What about women's in India! They enjoy!?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 04:22

30. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


yes, they do

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:42 1

12. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


In a developing countries like India and China, apple will always be customer's first choice not because of the OS nor the design simply because of the bitten apple at the back of the phone.
Most people in these countries are just show-offish especially in India even if they buy care they'd leave the wrapper on for at least 3 months just to show people that they bought a brand new car,so i'm not surprise at all when i see iphone 4 sales tripled.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 17:46 1

13. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


And there is it, a clear proof that Apple doesn't need a cheap new iPhone version.
They can just discount the old model. Much easier and cheaper

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 19:45

15. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 491; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Let's see if anyone can answer this. I got a unlocked iPhone 4 in iOS 4.0.2. I want to jailbreak it to 6.1.2. Do I just load up the firmware and using the jailbreak program? Do I need to update it to 6.1.2 first?

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 21:29

19. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 491; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Hopefully someone can answer my question lol

Thanks in advance

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 20:28 2

16. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


3 year old crap is dumped in countries like India, Apple must be ashamed of its acts.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 21:08 2

18. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


refurbished iStupid products.. meh...

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