Airtel has finally given the launch date for the eagerly awaited I-Phone in India. As of August 22nd 2008 , one will be able to purchase an I-Phone from Airtel relationship centers across India.
The price has still not been released and i concur with the reasons given by Trak.in , which suggest that the strongest possible reasons are :-
1. Street expectations for the price are around 16,000-18,000. Its possible that Airtel plans on releasing this at a higher level which would in turn affect sales. By announcing it early,it would give consumers time to look at it rationally and go in for cheaper options.
2. They have no idea on what Vodapohone plans on doing and are waiting as much as they can to get clarity on their strategy and price it accordingly.
Good news for everyone waiting for this gadget. I hope that the pricing is attractive as well.
The other parties which will get affected are all the small players who have been selling the Iphone in India , through the internet, for as much as 28 , 000 – 30,000 given the scenario. Their days of literally having a bit of a monopoly are over.