Report: faced with a $955 starting price, Indian customers are not rushing to get the iPhone 6s

Report: faced with a $955 starting price, Indian customers are not rushing to get the iPhone 6s
According to a new report, the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been met with a mild reception in India, a country where Apple launched its new iPhones this past weekend at extremely high prices. 

The report says that Apple has sold about 50,000 units over the weekend. Last year when Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the country, the initial stock of about 55,000 phones was depleted in the first 72 hours following the launch. This time around, Apple had muh more units available at launch, 165,000 of them, but it would appear that less a third of the initial stock has been sold thus far.

If you're wondering why the Apple iPhone 6s series isn't selling better than its predecessor in India, the answer is fairly simple: Apple's new iPhones are exorbitantly priced in the country. In fact, with prices starting at the equivalent of $925 for the entry-level iPhone 6s with 16GB of storage and maxing out at a whopping $1416 for the 128GB iPhone 6s Plus, India gets the highest iPhone prices out of all the countries where the new handsets are available for purchase. To help put things in balance, it should be noted that, according to estimates, the average salary in India is only $295.

The report claims that everyone - from retailers to customers - is getting ready for price reductions, which are expected to arrive as early as in a couple of weeks. 

Even if this report turns out to be accurate, then a not-so-hot iPhone 6s launch weekend in India isn't likely to severely impact the company's profits. India may be the third largest smartphone market in the world, but it's also one where customers are largely interested in cost-effective smartphones, not premium products such as the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. On another note, this isn't the first report to point out that Apple's new iPhones are selling worse than the company previously anticipated.

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83 Comments

1. discharge unregistered

Yikes!!! If that's for a 16gb

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It's seriously not worth it... Even for a loyal Apple fan, it's too much.

61. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Very agree. Much agree

29. Acer_Predator unregistered

when ppl in the world will get brain and start giving thumbs down to this company ???

58. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Rather get a S6, bigger better screen, better screen to body ratio and with wireless charging for half the price.

74. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Or do one better and get something just as good for 1/3rd of the price. Bigger screen, better body ratio, actual SD slot, wireless charging, as good if not better camera, surround sound recording.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

To jack up the price when the status is slowly fading is not a good move. Only for the rich or for the ones who want to flaunt that logo no matter what the cost.

4. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Anyone not even using all of the 16gb on the cheapest model certainly doesn't need a phone costing over $900 since probably the most they ever do is check Facebook and maybe play Angry Birds.

34. murali_v_2000

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

That's exactly what most of the people with iphones do anyways !

68. AlikMalix unregistered

And what do most people with Android phones do?

5. Ikechukwu

Posts: 250; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

LOL, if you're with me say "LMAO" :') seriously I hope that's for the 128gb version (if it's for 16 then LOOL)

7. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

That's for 16, 128 gb goes above $1400

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Seriously? Who in India can afford $1500? I mean what kind of job you have to have?

43. Knight_Sanjeev

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

For $1500...which is equal to about 100K Indian Rupees, you can buy a used car, or pay your rent for almost a year if you are a middle class family. Also the poor in the country live the whole year on that much. Thats teh thing about India, the rich are extremely rich and the poor are extremely poor. Theres $15 phones here and theres $1500 phones.

63. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Thanks for answering. Wow I can even imagine thing you said. $15 cellphone? I remember we hired an Indian female to do some Lotus Notes applications for us. I remember she was using Google a very tiny phone. Like a very old Nokia. She was so happy when I fave her a Windows Mobile device. Sounds like life is really hard in India.

75. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You can get a 15 buck cell phone from walmart, Kyocera Rally. Or a used 521 etc. I don't know about hard, but certainly different. What is a huge difference is the middle class. Not that it is bad, just very different. We really do not know how good even a 30k salary job is in the states until you look else where. But prices do adjust in a lot of areas, so there is that difference too.

83. ameyabb

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dude, no offence. But please do not misguide people over here. A middle class family in INDIA doesn't have to pay rent. They have their own HOME. Check stats about Home Owners! India's middle class is much better off than what is being portrayed here. A few lower middle class and poor people do have to pay rent. No doubt. And in a lac rupees, you simply cannot end up paying rent for a year, unless you stay in a Tier 4 City. So this surely cannot be transformed into a general statement. Please stop ingratiating people just for the sake of striking a discussion. And Dear PhoneArena, i reckon you need to get your stats right too. The average pay in INDIA is surely not as low as $295 a Month. Sorry if I offended you, Sanjeev, or anyone else here. But this was my duty!

84. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Darn internet feeding inaccurate stereotypes.

45. Knight_Sanjeev

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

To answer your original question, you need to be working in the IT sector with a very good package or be a businessman to afford this much. But thanks to rich daddy's (like in america) there are kids who buy the Iphone to just show off. Being a show off is a big thing here. Maybe even more than in America.

56. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Even the IT sector guys hardly earns that much in a month.

64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I see. It's the same in Philippines. Many parents go to work here in US or Dubai, then send fancy things hack home.

70. AlikMalix unregistered

Nobody "shows off" their iPhone or any phone in America...

72. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

His point was that it's a status symbol there. If you think it isn't regarded that way most anywhere, you're delusional.

81. AlikMalix unregistered

Read his last sentence in post #45.

53. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

There's huge social inequality happen in India & of course in my country (Indonesia) too, the rich are very rich on the contrary the poor people shouldn't even think to own an iPhone.

59. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

There are lots of super rich indians. But these are very small portion of the population. Yes most average indians will not be able to afford iphone 6S. But Apple seem to be only targeting super rich in India

49. discharge unregistered

Exactly a128 gb price not a 16 that's 749?

6. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

For $955 and 16 Gb it's a complete ripoff. B4 everyone starts talking about poverty in India, we purchase higher priced electronics, just not the overpriced ones.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I realize taxes may be high in India, but that doesn't mean Apple cant lower the price...right?

8. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

BobbyBuster, where are you? Oh, he is limited :( http://www.phonearena.com/user/BobbyBuster

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