iDB readers that don’t live in India (that would be 99% of you) might just want to skip this post, unless you want to learn about an interesting subsidy model this Indian carrier is using.

I often get emails from Indian readers complaining about Apple not selling the iPhone 4 in India. As powerless as I am, my only response usually is “I’m sorry but there is nothing I can do”. Today, I’m glad to report to our Indian readers that the iPhone 4 is finally making its way to India.

According to TUAW, the iPhone 4 is going to hit the Indian market this Friday, May 27th, compliments of local carrier Aircel…

The iPhone 4 will be available with both pre-paid and post-paid plans. An Indian iPhone doesn’t come cheap. Expect to pay Rs 34,500 (about $750) for the 16GB model, or Rs 40,900 (about $900) for the 32GB iPhone.

Not cheap indeed, but as TUAW notes, Aircel is using a reverse subsidy model. You pay the price of the phone upfront but you get monthly discounts for the 24 months or your bill, which can end up getting you the iPhone 4 for free. Not a bad deal in the end.

Hope our Indian friends enjoy their new iPhones!

  • Kiran

    thanks Alot..Im in that 1%… πŸ˜‰

  • Priyank

    Kiran … oops we have to share that half 0.5 % .. πŸ˜‰

  • Are you guys gonna buy an iPhone 4, or do you already have one bought out of the country?

    • veda

      I have 2..both from US and one is unlocked with 4.1 and the other locked with newer firmware…

    • iPhoneuser16

      Yup using 3 iPhone 4’s all bought before I moved to India a few months ago. Sebastien did you ever get a white iPhone 4?

  • veda

    make it 0.33% .. πŸ˜‰

    • iPhoneuser16

      Make that .25

      • pawan


  • Priyank

    I already got an Iphone 4 and ipad2 purchased from singapore they are factory unlocked πŸ™‚

    • Deabi

      Yeah me to πŸ™‚ the cheapest among all countries too.
      Waited 3 months to get it in hands
      Make it as 0.125 πŸ™‚

  • Priyank

    ^^^ shall we gonna start a racist fight over here oh ignore

  • More Indian friends than I thought πŸ™‚

  • Danish Tandon

    sebastien got 3 iphone 4 and 3gs and ipad 2 from usa only .. till it will come in india iphone 5 wud be there in usa lol…i think should buy iphone 5 form usa when it comes out instead of buying a year old model

  • Danish Tandon

    sebastien we talk a lot on twitter Danish Tandon:)

  • SRUm1sh

    I like the prepaid plans in India better than in USA. Agreed, you get new phones at subsidized rates, but then, you are stuck with one carrier, one phone. My opinion.

  • SRUm1sh

    That’s why I use unlocked iPhone 3GS with T-Mobile, no contract, SIM-only service.

  • Varun

    A lot more Indian friends than you think Sebastien. Thanks for the post. Loved it.

  • AMith

    Thanks For The Info ….. But Didnt Like The First Line Of Your Post …..

  • I dnt care about official launch of any iphone in india. We can get the iphone in just one month after us launch here in hyd. There r 7 iphone 4 in my family. All r factory unlocked. And one more thing even airtel gonna sell iphone 4 in india from 27th may

  • Rakshit Doshi

    The grey market factory unlocked prices are cheaper than what Aircel is quoting. 32k for 16GB and 37.5k for a 32GB. Jailbroken ones are even cheaper. Got mine from India itself.

    It’s a pitty Apple ignores India as a major market… they have no idea how people are willing to pay for good products. Give an Indian quality stuff and you have a customer for life. What say?

    • Nishant

      I agree with you Rakshit, i believe Apple used to consider India and other South East Asian Countries as the dumping ground just before they intend to launch a newer model but i guess its changing now because earlier they used to launch it like after 12-15 months of intial launch in States but now that has been reduced to 6-10 months. If Apple does its pricing right in India, they can score millions here, i wonder why dont they do it.. Look at BlackBerry, they have captured alot of share specially with all the buzz around BBM.. Everyone wants to be on a BBM just like they wanted to be part of FaceBook..

      Sebastien: Appreciate you for covering the news for India. I believe you do have alot of Indian followers.

      • He has a lot of indian users. But doesnt knw that

  • Srinivas

    Sebastien…ALEXA shows 12.4% of your site traffic comes from India…how can you say it is 1%…..

    I do like this blog…

  • vijju

    more n more indian keep popping up eh Seb? ..:)…thanks for blog though….thing with flag is cool

  • Y2S

    Well, It’s cheaper to buy a factory unlocked phone from the grey market. And apple would provide the same support.

  • Aman

    India needs to think more about how to solve their corruption issues rather than drooling over fancy gadgets.

    With that said, I’m sure a lot of politicians will be able to afford this no problem.

    • Rakshit Doshi

      Haha… we have to have one of these moral comments every time… no offence Aman, but while you do make a lot of moral sense, it’s impractical to bring it in where gadgets are concerned. I’m sure you are here because you too have at least one iDevice (most probably the iPhone4) and you too enjoy the experience. So what does curruption have to do with fancy gadgets? People who can afford it, buy it, enjoy it and want more of it… people who can’t stand aside and crib about curruption, poverty, hunger, disease… let me ask you very seriously… what have YOU done AGAINST curruption? It’s a system, to clean the system you need to be inside it. I am not saying that i will sit back and watch but this is not the place where you bring up a topic like this. AThat’s all. πŸ™‚

  • Vineet

    Already brought an unlocked iPhone 4 a month back from grey market.. I feel like a fool.. could have waited for a month. No worries though. Just waiting for iphone 5.. πŸ˜›
    (another regular Indian reader)

  • Ashfaq

    gota phone from US as soon as the Gevey Sim ws launched. Would luv if a software unlock comes out fast.