Ultimate Airtel and Vodafone India Iphone 3G FAQ
Well we have been getting a lot of questions about the Iphone 3G, so here is a short FAQ for the time being , but first some general Iphone 3G news, the Iphone is out of stock in the USA and its GPS is pretty bad from various reviews we have read. Updated 20th July 2008.
1. Who is going to launch the Iphone first in India ?
90% its going to be the Vodaphone Iphone 3G that will be launched first in India, it will be followed by the Airtel Iphone 3G , other companies like Idea and Spice will not be launching the Iphone 3G on their networks. The Indian Iphone 3G will most probably be locked to Airtel and/or Vodafone, ofcourse it will be unlockable as hackers worldwide are working to unlock the Iphone.
2. What kind of plan will the Indian Iphone have ?
The Indian Iphone as we said will be locked to Airtel and Vodafone, as Apple is supposedly subsidizing the cost of the Indian Iphone 3G, its very much possible that like in the USA, it will come bundled with a data plan, so cost could be as high as Rs.500 per month data charges apart from rent and call charges. Ofcourse final details will be known later. We’ll will update you as soon as Vodafone and/or Airtel announce their Iphone tariff structure.
3. What will the Airtel and Vodafone Indian Iphone 3G cost ?
Not $199 we are afraid, the Airtel Vodafone Indian Iphone will most probably cost around 14000-15000 Indian rupees (INR) at launch, and with the high demand its expected to be sold out in India a few days after the launch. We ofcourse would recommend waiting a little before buying the Iphone in India so prices come down, never smart to buy a product when its being sold at a premium.
4. Will Apple Applications be available to Indians ?
Yes ofcourse, Apple Apps will be available to Indian customers, infact companies like Indiagames are already planning (i read it) to release games for the Iphone 3G.
5. My relative is in the US, should i get them to buy the Iphone 3G and bring it to India , willl it work on Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Spice Telecom, Aircel etc.?
The Iphone 3G currently cant be unlocked to a non AT&T network. And also Apple has learnt its lesson, its offering in-store activation only. You can only buy the phone with a connection and it has a hefty cancellation fee. So really little use in getting these locked bricks attached to AT&T. Wait for some time, as soon as we get some clarity, we will let you know more. This phone will not work with Airtel, Vodafone, Idea etc. without activation.
6. Is Apple Iphone 3G really the ultimate phone to be launched in India ?
No, its not. 3G services really arent available in India. A lot of other phones also have 3G, but again its of absolutely no use.
Iphone has Wifi, most Windows Mobile phones come with Wifi, it has a 2 MP camera, which is pretty low, it has no video recording (huge setback) , the only feature we think is yet to be properly replicated is the Multi-touch feature. HTC Touch and other Windows mobile phones do provide a good touch interface though.
The Iphone has no expandable memory, no stereo bluetooth connection capability (NO A2DP) , its camera has no flash, it has no picture messaging and no cut and paste text support.
7. So what should i do ?
Well incase you don’t need the GPS feature and 3G being unavailable in India, buying an old Apple Iphone and upgrading it to firmware 2.0 might not be such a bad idea. Ofcourse check the fineprints.
8. Can i buy the Iphone 3G already in India ?
No but you may preregister the Iphone at both Airtel’s and Vodafone’s site.
9. Does the Iphone work on all continents ?
Yes, the Iphone is a quad band phone and will work on all continents, including Asia and North America.
10. I already have an Airtel and Vodafone account, will i have to change my number to get the Iphone 3G ?
Most probably no, whenever you sign up for a postpaid account, you are given the option of retaining your old number even if its prepaid. Iphone 3G plans should be no different.
11. Does the Iphone 3G’s GPS service work in India ?
The Iphone 3G’s GPS function is a global function and will definitely work in India, but as of now it will be very useless as Satguide and MapmyIndia, the two topmost routing providers in India dont have an Iphone 3G application yet. To use Google maps, you will need GPRS/Wifi to connect to internet and download maps, Google Maps are decent for Indian cities.
Original Iphone didnt have GPS.
12. Will Airtel/Vodafone Iphone 3G support EDGE ?
Yes it will.
13. How much will the Airtel and Vodafone Iphone 3G cost ?
This is a repeat question, but the fact is around 15000 Indian Rupees (INR) seems like the appropriate cost for the Iphone 3G in India, the price could be higher, but definitely not lower. Apple will try and position it as a niche product so $199 cost is not feasible or appropriate. In US huge plan costs will help subside the phone cost but in India that cant be the case, most people love the freedom of prepaid unlike the USA.
14. Cant i buy the Iphone in America and come back to India ?
Apple and AT&T arent as stupid as you think, the Iphone is sold in USA with an AT&T contract. For the contract, AT&T will probably need your SSN and other identification documents. The phone plan like any other should have a security as well which would be forfeited if you try and rip AT&T or Apple off.
More FAQ will be added later, Please correct us in comments if anything is wrong, also you are welcome to give your views, select comments may be incorporated in the post also.