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

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 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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39 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

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.

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Only if sold cheap else no one cares.

34. KennethP4V

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

39. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 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.

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

37. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

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

26. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

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

2. Neurone

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

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

24. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

unfotunately true

27. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

7. osmaankhaan unregistered

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

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

23. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

25. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

9. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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".

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good point, but moot also cause they are.

10. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

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

30. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

yes, they do

12. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

13. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

15. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 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?

19. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Hopefully someone can answer my question lol Thanks in advance

16. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

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

18. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

refurbished iStupid products.. meh...

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