Apple may be planning to launch the iPhone 4 in India

Apple may be planning to launch the iPhone 4 in India
Earlier today, a report from The Guardian said that India was set to become the second largest smartphone market in the world this year, staying behind only China. And, a new rumor is saying that Apple might be hoping to cash in on this emerging market by re-releasing a budget device, which by Apple standards means the 4 year old iPhone 4.

The iPhone 5s and 5c have been something of a dud so far in India, because the devices are simply too expensive for users there. As a result, Apple has seen its market share drop in the country. So, there is a new rumor going around that Apple will re-introduce the iPhone 4 at somewhere around $250 in order to try to attract more users. 

This is definitely a bit of a risky move, if it is true. Few mobile devices age well past the two year mark, and Apple products are no different. The iPhone 4 can technically run iOS 7, but many users have found performance to be somewhat lacking. The move would certainly give customers a viable option from Apple at a pretty good price point, but given that the Moto G is expected to be released in India towards the end of this month. 

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iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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33 Comments

1. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Well at least ios 7.1 runs a lot better on it. Also, the iphone 4 was popular in India before they discontinued it. It was the 3rd best selling phone there.

16. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

This is called dumping. Hope people realize that in India, if it is ever re-released.

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

These desperate moves won't work. Apple thinks Indians are fools. It isn't selling in any case.

27. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

people here don't buy apple phones for specs or anything they buy for status value .. If they had released apple iPhone 3g here at 200$ even that would sell more than any other phone... apple is not cool here .. apple is all about pride here... sad but true story...

21. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

Just replying to you so that everyone sees this. Apple is not releasing the iPhone 4 at $250. That price will be the lowest price if you exchange your old phones from other OEMs. To get iPhone 4 for that $250 price, you need to return mid-high end galaxies, xperias or Lumias.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This might not be a good move Big A. Since the 5C isn't selling as well in India, just drop the price. Better they move for less, than sit for more. This post is jedii approved.

9. stealthd unregistered

I don't think it'd really make sense for them to give one country a discount on the 5C to boost sales. Offering the 4 again seems to make more sense.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It does if sales are weak in the region though. I say push the C, cuz it'll run iOS 7 better, giving a more satisfying use experience.

3. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Can't wait to see what happens when millions of Indian iPhone 4 owners experience the Grip of Death.

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

The iPhone 4 was unveiled on June 7th 2010. It's now January 2014. If Motorola can make a quad core 720p phone with 16gig of storage and 1gig of ram for $199 in late 2013 why even bother with a phone that is almost 4 years old? Even the Nokia 521 outclasses that phone. It's like one step forward (iPhone 5s) and two steps back (iPhone 5c) but worst.

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Does a nokia 521 have a high res screen, with ff camera and flash? Nope. But $250 is still ridiculous anyhow.

8. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I bought my 521 for $59. Now how does that $250 sound for a 4 year old phone?

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Cheapest I've seen for a 521 new is $99. The 520 is around what you quoted. Oh, and if you want to know how it sounds, like read my post. DUH.

5. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Here is my dumb suggestion: take the iPhone 4 to 1GB of RAM...

11. blingblingthing

Posts: 946; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You killing their profit margin. Just get android. Simple.

7. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Oh, Apple thinks we are stupid. Not good you bad fruit! You just can't sell a 4 year old phone at that price. Like always, India has become a dumping place for these companies!

10. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

get used to it

13. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Michael H. do not put a racist statement. Have you ever tried to find out how many no contract iphones are bought by people of your country. Even in US there are not many customers for $650 phone. At one side you write a country which is going to be second largest country for smartphone. On the other side you don't even make a sense of what you write. Hope your editor reads this.

14. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

To the author of article, Please don't use a Country's National Flag like that..

23. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

whooooooooo CARES!!!!

25. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

People from India (almost one billion of them) care. Side note: I'm not form India.

30. aditya.g0110

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

keep ur opinions in ur ASS

17. sudhiir.reddy

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Better option would be cutting the price or iphone 4s....

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Indians are Buying 521 instead of a useless 4 year old phone.

26. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

or Moto G if they prefer Android. Moto G > 521 >>> iPhone 4.

20. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nobody will buy or very less people will buy such re-release thing.

22. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

People who are stupid enough to buy this "dumped" phone probably deserve it. In India those who buy Apple logo just do it for the flaunt value. The sensible ones buy the much better options available with WP and Android OS.

24. Apoorvtheman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Actually in India many people don't like big devices,iphone has been the best choice for those who want small device as it looks premium than other 3.5-4 inch phones that's why ip4 fits well

28. Avinash.Meeniga unregistered

doesn't look like a good move as it would be damaging the image of apple as lot of 1st times would be buying this and with the performance issues of ios7 on iphone4 would cost them in future

29. aditya.g0110

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

infibeam.com/smartphones/#price.min=715&price.max=​16445&store=smartphones&page=1 here is the list of phones i can get for $250 in India.Apple thinks Indians are fools,but doesn't know how foolish it is.Why ppl would buy ip4 when they can get a smartphone with quad core processor,5 inches screen,1gb ram and 8mp camera under $250.

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