While Apple hasn t officially revealed a date yet, it is widely believed to be launching the iPhone 6 in India on October 17. But the launch of Apple s new smartphones could be anything but smooth as offline mobile phone retailers are reportedly looking at boycotting the launch, Economic Times reports. Also Read - macOS Monterey releases today: Check compatible Apple devices, top features, moreAlso Read - Apple's November launch event delayed to 2022: Report
The retailers have an issue with the heavy discounts being offered on the iPhone 5S on e-commerce sites in India. The smartphone, which was launched in India last year for Rs 53,500, is now retailing on Indian e-commerce sites for as low as Rs 32,900. You can buy the iPhone 5S off Amazon India for Rs 32,900, Flipkart for Rs 35,999 or Snapdeal for Rs 36,020. These are unofficial prices, as Apple rolled back its price cuts earlier this month. Infibeam is the only authorized online seller for Apple s devices and not surprisingly the devices are available on the e-commerce platform at official prices. Also Read - iPhone SE 3 likely to bring some interesting specs at a budget, release timeline out
Not able to compete with these prices, the publication says that the retailers are returning iPhone 5S handsets. According to the publication, nearly 150,000 retailers in India returned the iPhone 5S units. These retailers are also reportedly planning on not displaying or selling the iPhone 6 when it launches next month.
Not everyone is miffed at this disparity in prices though. Earlier today we reported that some retailers had started accepting preorders for the iPhone 6 ahead of its official launch. One Apple Premium Reseller in Bangalore especially has started taking preorders for the iPhone 6 for Rs 10,000, with the remaining balance to be paid once the launch happens. Other retailers are also unofficially selling the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in India at eye-watering prices. As we reported earlier this month, prices for the new iPhones were touching Rs 140,000 for the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus in Delhi s grey markets.
The publication further claims that it is not only the iPhones that the mobile retailers have an issue with. These retailers are also said to be unhappy about Google s Android One initiative. As a part of this initiative, Android One smartphones from Micromax, Karbonn and Spice are exclusively available on e-commerce sites like Amazon India, Snapdeal and Flipkart. They will only be available at offline stores sometime next month.