Apple India has slashed prices of the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 as it prepares for the launch of the iPhone 5 in India. The iPhone 4S, which was earlier available for Rs 44,500 is now available for Rs 41,500. Unlike every year when Apple used to bring a 8GB variant of the previous generation model, the iPhone 4S would continue to sport 16GB storage that explains the marginal price drop.
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Apple’s Indian carrier partners Aircel and Airtel won’t sell the iPhone 5 in India this year. Instead, Apple will take over the distribution process for the iPhone 5 as well as the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, multiple sources have confirmed to BGR India. Apple India has appointed Ingram Micro and Redington for distributing iPhones and has already ramped up its sales team to prepare for the iPhone 5 launch.
The iPhone 5 might launch in India earlier than anticipated. Indian carriers have started placing orders for Nano SIM cards, which is currently being used exclusively in the iPhone 5. According to multiple sources, Airtel and Vodafone have already placed orders for Nano SIM cards. Airtel is sourcing them from Oberthur and Vodafone from Syscom. Aircel, which along with Airtel has been Apple’s carrier partner in India, is also said to be placing its orders. Sources tell us that almost every carrier would bring Nano SIM cards and make it more widely available than Micro SIMs as users would no longer be able to cut a regular SIM card to convert it into Nano SIM. Read on for more details.
The whole controversy of how Samsung allegedly stranded a couple of Indian bloggers has been doing the rounds all day today. I won’t repeat the story but it has led many people to question about the credibility of tech blogging scene in India and how it really works. Most major tech companies these days have two separate PR arms – one for the regular press and another for the blogger community. However, the opinion of who is a blogger and what a blogger is expected to do for the company has been a closely guarded secret for the public but the few who work on these projects and bloggers who participate in these programs. After our story about the Samsung blogger fiasco at IFA, an insider reached out to us on how Samsung’s Mob!ler works and it really blew my mind away considering what has happened in the past 24 hours. Read on…
Apple is currently hiring people for its sales team in India in the build-up to the launch of the next iPhone. As BGR India exclusively reported, Apple will be retailing the iPhone 5 in India in the open market rather than relying solely on its carrier partners Aircel and Airtel. This means Apple would import and distribute the iPhone 5 on its own and make it widely available, unlike earlier when it was imported and distributed by the carriers.
Motorola is shutting down its operations in India and across Asia Pacific, industry sources have confirmed to BGR India. The news comes after Motorola Mobility CEO, Dennis Woodside, confirmed the company would be letting go of 20 percent of its workforce and would be shrinking its India operations. Emails and calls to Motorola Mobility’s APAC region PR and employees at Motorola Mobility India remain unanswered.
It is that time of the year again when we start ringing up our sources to find what Apple’s planning for launching the iPhone in India. And boy, do we have some juicy details today! According to a source who has always been spot on regarding the iPhone’s India launch in the past, Apple will change the way it retails the iPhone in India. Rather than relying on carriers alone, this year Apple will launch the iPhone in the open market as well. This means the iPhone will be available to buy across retail stores and not just a few retailers apart from Airtel and Aircel stores. Read on for more…
Yesterday, Nokia sent us a press invite for event in New Delhi on July 6. The invite has massive Dark Knight poster in the background, which intimates towards the launch of something related to the year’s biggest super hero movie. Well multiple sources have confirmed to us that Nokia might launch the long awaited Nokia Lumia 900, As the invite suggests Nokia could launch the official Dark Knight edition of the Lumia 900 along with the standard version of the Lumia 900, however this has not been confirmed to us.
Exclusive: RIM starts pre orders for BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9881 in India starting at Rs 1,30,000
RIM has started taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9881 in India, which costs Rs 1,30,000. The Porsche Design P’9881 was earlier unveiled last year in October, and finally it has made its way to India. The device shares a lot of features with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and runs BlackBerry OS 7.0.
Samsung will be hosting a press conference in New Delhi on May 31 to launch the Galaxy S III in India but the smartphone is likely to be available a week later. Multiple sources have told BGR India that the Galaxy S III will be available on store shelves around June 8. Even online retailers are expecting units to be available for shipping from June 8 onwards.
Exclusive: Copyright Labs secures John Doe order, Indian ISPs start blocking Vimeo, Pirate Bay and other torrent sites [update]
Indian ISPs, notably Reliance Communications and Airtel, are blocking sites like Vimeo and torrent sites like Pirate Bay among others. The ISPs are citing “a court order” for the same. Contrary to popular belief that Reliance Entertainment is behind a John Doe order for its big budget movie Dangerous Ishhq, BGR India has exclusively learnt that it is Chennai-based Copyright Labs for two movies, Dhammu (Tamil) and 3 (Telugu). The CEO of Copyright Labs, Harish Ram, has confirmed the same to us.
“We have been fighting for this for long and it seems the ISPs are finally responding,” Ram told BGR India.
However, the ban does not seem to have been implemented uniformly as we can access both Vimeo and Pirate Bay from our Airtel broadband connection.
Update: We have got our hands on a copy of the John Doe order. The order is dated 29th of March, 2012. Hit the link to the get all the details.
Online retailer, Flipkart, has jumped the gun by listing the globally unannounced BlackBerry Curve 9220 on its site. Spotted by our eagle-eyed reader, Shubham, the listing confirms all the specs we already knew, including the 2.0 MP camera, FM radio, Wi-Fi and a 2.44-inch QVGA display. RIM is expected to launch the Curve 9220 in India in April. Read on for complete specs.