iPhone 5S and 5C will launch in India today and will be available to masses starting tomorrow.
The launch is scheduled today in 10 cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahemdabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Chandigarh and Ludhiana the devices will be seeded only to the people who have pre-booked them. For the rest of you, it will be available Reliance Digital and Reliance-run iStore outlets starting tomorrow starting Rs.41,900 for the iPhone 5C and Rs.53,500 for iPhone 5S.
Now for people who are not willing to pay such hefty amounts, fear not, RCom is at your rescue. In a commendable move, Reliance Communications has signed a deal with Apple to sell iPhones at subsidised rates for as low as Rs.2,500 (iPhone 5C) and Rs.2,800 (iPhone5S). The catch here is that you will be quarantined with RCom as your carrier for a period of 2 years. The iPhone 5C & 5S 16GB variants will be available without any downpayment while for the 32GB variants a user will have to shell out Rs.11,600 upfront for iPhone 5C and Rs.10,992 upfront for iPhone 5S. For the 64GB iPhone 5S one will have to pay Rs.19,992.
Those of you not familiar with the concept of ‘buying a phone under Contract’; in simple words, a user will have to sign a contract under RCom that will lock his/her iPhone under them for a period of 2 years wherein they will also get “unlimited voice calls, SMS and 3G data”, as RCom states. Anything that you can do with the new iPhones in India, it will be included in the contract plan.
Update: RCom offer states that a user will get unlimited local and STD calls, both incoming and outgoing even in roaming. Additionally users will get 3000 free SMS per month for a period of 24 months and thereafter charged as per normal rate. Users will also get unlimited 3G data.
Previously, carriers in India did not approve of the fact of selling iPhone’s on contract fearing that the users will leave their network, abandon the device or sell it in grey markets. But RCom has tied up with leading credit card issuers who will deduct the monthly payment from a user’s credit card automatically, even if a contract holder moves away from RCom before 2 years.
16GB/32GB – Rs.41,900/Rs.53,500.
16GB/32GB/64GB – Rs.53,500/Rs.62,500/