Apple iPhone 5C outsells the Galaxy S4 in India?

Apple iPhone 5C outsells the Galaxy S4 in India?
The Indian smartphone market is no different than the international one, as the inital sales of the 'budget' iPhone 5C started poorly and not as good as Apple expected. The majority of new customers opted to spend a few more bucks in order to either obtain Apple's current flagship, the iPhone 5S, or check what Samsung, its big adversary, has to offer with its smartphone flagship, the Galaxy S4.

According to several somewhat trustworthy sources, the sales of the iPhone 5C in India have recently improved a lot as Apple introduced the guaranteed-to-work buyback strategy. Customers could bring in their smartphone and benefit from a discount of up to $208 on the purchase of their iPhone 5C. Apparently, this well-thought strategy was successful and the demand for the 'budget' 5C has grown, which allegedly led to a triple increase in its sales.

Moreover, according to the same sources, Samsung's current flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, has staled and its sales are not going so well. If Apple's plan to increase the sales of the iPhone 5C in India continues to be this successful, we might expect the buyback strategy implemented in other emerging markets as well.

"Samsung Electronics banks on its display and compatibility, while Apple believes in quality and not quantity," says Rajesh Kumar, a manager at a multi-brand electronic store. "This month we had 10 units of both Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5C. Surprisingly, I have no iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S left, while there are three Galaxy S4 smartphones still available."

source: The Indian Express via UnwiredView

Related phones

iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. oNEWorld

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3. darkkjedii

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18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If the article is based on the sales from the last paragraph, this article is completely pointless.

25. MANGUELPR unregistered

who cares what you think Smurf...


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

I care what smurf think.. !! Be polite to other members! get a life !

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You do since you replied to me. Pot, meet kettle.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok, but just shouting out FALSE is also pointless. Post a link or something ya know.

45. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Exactly. "Out of 10 we have three left" Minimal quantity to measure the overall sales.

27. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Your proof is the article. The source for such ridiculous article is "Rajesh Kumar, manager at multi-brand electronic store." The whole article on based on a statement that from a "manager at multi-brand electronic store" And he ordered 10 units of Galaxy Note S4 and iPhone 5C in the whole month. You see they ordered 10 UNITS in whole month!! That must be a huge store that orders 10 units a month.. Wow! What more proof do you need?

40. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

Care to read the article at the source link and see for yourself. There's a whole lot more going on than a guy selling 10 5Cs and 7 S4s a month, lol.

44. Sauce unregistered

The real Saurik? Jay? Freeman?

55. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

wooh !! what a huge target at the 'multi-brand electronic store' with a huge target of 10 UNITS per MONTH..Great strategy ! keep it up!! btw thanks PA for showing ur bias out of nothing

11. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

thats because Indians like to show of they are brand w***** thats what it is called.

29. iyngr

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Not all but some do, there's a gap b/w some and many..

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Maybe, it did open with the line of "somewhat trustworthy sources" (which implies they aren't really trustworthy). Still it is possible because having lived in South Asia, they are all about status symbols, and one of those things is Apple (they have no rational reason for it other than you can't afford it but I can, it's vain but that's how it is). Plus they also try to copy Americans where ever possible for no good reason (watch a bollywood movie, although you'll probably live to regret that).

16. drkavint

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

samsung days with premium device are over.. grand and s4 looks nearly same.. why to pay 20k xtra.. look at xperia z1, htc ,they are unique.. all samsungs are plastic nd looks cheap like friends with s3 are feeling shy to open s3 when travel bcoz people r asking is it micromax/ karbonn.. sony, htc, apple have their design of products accordingly with money.. none of samung device looks premium.. its sad that i had gifted s3 last year to my friend.. samsung ur no more premium, ur like cheap chineese brand....

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What's wrong with Chinese brand? Take a look at Xiao Mi, I getting one.


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Haha , I would have believed if this news came from USA, this news is PURE false. Apple is like a rare thing there. It is just to create hype around 5C. I hate indian shopkeepers behaviour ..when the indian online shopping websites like, has grown hugely , the same news paper reported the nikon camera sold in those website are not covered by warranty and nikon has no partnership with those sites and all they want to make people loss in trust in those sites, because real shops can never provide the offers provided by online shops in india. They use many cheap tactics , the above is just an example.

28. MANGUELPR unregistered

So you don't live there but you want to argue about if is false or not just adding that no one buy apple's there and they're a rare thing? What a big argument you had boy lol.

41. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So Galaxy S4 sold 7 out of 10 and Apple is a sold out. Congratulations Apple. Lol! Let not forget people the shop brought in a total of 20 of S4 and iPhone 5c for the month. And Apple is a sold out!

4. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

lol, I live in India and have never seen anyone personally using a 5C, but 3 of my friends own a Sammy S4. This is all just a trick to boost sales, common in India. If the shopkeeper has a better margin on a device, they keep only one piece of it in display, compared to 4 or 5 pieces of compeing smartphones and claim that the former is selling more.

31. iyngr

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Also the most Overpriced Smartphone (India) Yet.

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

iphonearena posting stuff based on one stores sales LOL

49. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Of course, this is "iphone arena"

6. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"Galaxy Note S4" :O

7. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Galaxy is Falling apart.

48. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

More like apple being picked up after dropping.

9. aru2hot

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I have not seen even one Apple Iphone C in Chennai till now ... here it costs around 42000... no one would opt for it .. many will prefer the Iphone S rather than going for the Cheap version. . Comparing it to the sales of s4 is crazy !

12. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

"Galaxy Note S4" LOL! Oh dear...

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