Airtel has entered the online market for selling markets with the launch of its digital store. Through this online store, Airtel will sell premium smartphones with offers such as “affordable down payments, instant credit verification and financing, and bundled monthly plans.” Airtel is selling Apple’s iPhone 7 series as a start to its online stores.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 32GB and 128GB storage variants are available with Airtel’s offers. What Airtel is essentially doing is offering the iPhones with EMIs that come bundled with the company’s postpaid plans. Here’s a detailed explanation as to how much you have to pay and the benefits that come along. The iPhone 7 32GB in all four colors of Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold, is available with a down payment of Rs 7,777. After this down payment, you will need to pay Rs 2,499 every month for a period of 24 months. The EMI of Rs 2,499 is actually an Airtel postpaid plan.
So by paying Rs 2,499, Airtel postpaid users are entitled to a couple of offers starting with unlimited calling, and 30GB of data per month. You can also claim one free connection for a family member. You can do this by downloading My Airtel app, clicking on the Family savings banner and adding a family member. An SMS will be sent to complete the process. Lastly, you can claim handset damage protection for your iPhone 7. This is also done by clicking on the Handset Damage Protection banner on My Airtel app. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: The best. Period.
Essentially, you’re paying for your iPhone 7’s EMI but getting Airtel’s postpaid offers at the same time. Although, you do end up paying a lot more than the original price. The iPhone 7 32GB is priced at Rs 47,777, but purchasing it from Airtel’s online store you end up paying Rs 67,753 which is Rs 19,976 more. As for the iPhone 7 128GB you have to pay down payment of Rs 16,300. The iPhone 7 Plus 32GB and 128GB variants are available with down payments of Rs 17,300 and Rs 26,000 respectively. The EMI plan of Rs 2,499 remains the same for each device. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 Review: When you know you want it, but still ask questions
In comparison, the iPhone 7 32GB is available at a discounted price of Rs 38,999 on e-commerce websites, Amazon India and Flipkart. No Cost EMIs on the purchase of the iPhone 7 32GB for a period of 24 months also amount to Rs 45,382 after a 15 percent interest. It’s understandable that you do not receive any other offers with this EMI plans though.