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The Times of India is reporting this morning that Apple has completely sold out of iPhone 5s stock in India within the first 24 hours of its launch. Both the 5s and the iPhone 5c went on sale in the country on November 1.

It sounds like India is seeing similar supply constraints as folks did here in the US and other areas, but the situation is a bit more extreme. Several retailers in India have already asked Apple for emergency replenishments…

Here’s The Times of India (via Cult of Mac):

“NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The rush for the latest iPhones, which were launched in India on November 1, has seen the costlier iPhone 5Smodel sold out across the country and retailers asking Apple for emergency replenishments, which are expected in the next two days, some of them said.

Reliance Communications and Bharti Airtel, along with major retail chains, have sought additional stocks, but the Diwali weekend has delayed re-stocking efforts. Top multi-brand cellphone and electronic retail chains such as The MobileStore, PlanetM, UniverCell and Future Group say their iPhone 5S stocks are over but that they still have iPhone 5C phones.

It’s worth noting that India didn’t get much 5s inventory to begin with—trades estimate that Apple only sent 30,000 units to the country. Several retailers, however, say that they still have plenty iPhone 5c inventory available.

Still, the 5s demand is a good sign for Apple, who has been struggling to gain traction in India. The company recently announced plans to expand in the country, saying it wants to set up 100 franchise-model standalone stores.

Apple issued a press release on September 23 stating that it sold a total of 9 million iPhones during the 5s/5c opening weekend, and it announced on its latest earnings call that it sold 33.8 million iPhone units during Q4 2013.

  • yuvraj

    You can thank Reliance for offering a massive subsidy for the iPhones. The 16GB models are free on contract for 2 years with a monthly payment of 3000Rs which includes unlimited voice and data.

    • RarestName

      Unlimited data?!

      • yuvraj

        yup.. unlimited 3G browsing. There might be some fair use policy on that, but unlimited data is advertised.

      • T S P K Sainath

        No there is no FUP the plan which RCom providing is truely unlimited no bill for 24 months

      • T S P K Sainath

        Actually iPhone 5S on 2 yr contact is cheaper in India than in USA !!!!

      • chumawumba

        It’s only 3G…

      • RarestName

        Dude, I’d been using 3G since 2010, and overall I’m satisfied with the speeds TBH. Of course LTE is faster, but 3G works fine too.

      • Pankaj Rana

        Each month u will get 10gb of 3G data, afterwards u will get 2G speed, for my work on mobile, 10GB 3G is enough for me, all other things r completely unlimited, calls, sms, roaming, everything with Zero bill.

    • Pankaj Rana

      Already ordered a 64gb iphone 5s by reliance, but as always stocks are out, i live in delhi.

  • Usama Ahmad

    APPLE, WHY u no come to Pakistan :'(

    • author_neel

      They won’t ever to you, they want huge demand, and in pakistan, their is no big demand, sorry to say that.

      • mehrab

        They want to sell more how can you sell more in india? Cos they are more people duh -.- thats why apples recently has been caring so much for china and india

      • author_neel

        It’s not that they need more people to sell more iPhones, it’s simply the fact that more people with more options result in better sales.

  • vs511

    If Apple had their pricing right (look at the nexus devices, for christ’s sake!), they would sell at least 5-10 times they are selling in India right now.

    An iPhone here costs the same as a 150cc Motorcycle. I hope you’re getting the idea…

    • Charlie

      I see what you did there…

      • Dev Shah

        P.S. – This pic is not of India..!!! 😛

      • Charlie

        Meh doesn’t have to be lol. We all know where I was going with it haha. :p

      • Dev Shah

        Hahaha *Close Enough* 😀

    • author_neel

      I guess u r trying to say, people in India can’t afford iPhones?

      • vs511

        Yes, with this pricing, absolutely not. 72K for the 64GB model?! I’d rather spend my money elsewhere… Look at the Nexus 5 pricing, only 33K for 32GB

      • author_neel

        So Apple should start selling a phone that displays ADS in the phone dialer? Huh, No need.. Apple makes huge profits, I know but at least they respect your privacy. Apple products have feel, the premium feel, and lemme tell you, iPhone 5s performs better than your so called cheaper Nexus 5. #Benchmark Tests

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Nice, I always wanted to b able to ADS with my iPhone too. Boom headshot!

      • author_neel

        You always wanted Ads In your personal smartphone? Really?

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        ADS, ‘aim down sights,’ first person shooter lingo. Was a lame joke. Lol

      • Pankaj Rana

        It depends on person to person, i have an ipad 3 64gb (looking for a 128gb ipad air next month), using iphone 4s now recently ordered a 64gb iphone 5s from reliance.. And alot of my friends use an iOS device, they always buy the new one. See Alott of people can afford it but yeah thats true if the price will be around 20-30% cheaper then that will be good.

    • Jason Masters

      So can we trade my iphone for your scooter?

      • Tom Brady

        Lol!!!!

      • author_neel

        No need, he is an android lover but still follows Apple news, can’t understand why someone is interested in wasting some 15 minutes reading a pathetic news on iDevice and then makes comment that he hates pricy things.

    • JulianZH

      nexus are cheap for a reason.

  • Obaid Yasin

    I really love the reliance plan in india
    16 gb iphone5c and 5s are free with 2 year contract.. For 5c 2599/month and 5s 2999/month and unlimited 3G unlimited calls and 3000 sms/month
    Best scheme ever made

  • Nigel Elton

    All the pussy counterfeit fakeass unoriginal non genuine wannabe Samdung supporters all India wide want a piece of the iPhone now huh?

    PS. I’m Indian, and I know what’s up.

    • author_neel

      what are you trying to explain?

      • Nigel Elton

        android and its wannabe counterfeit nature has flooded Indians, but where they win is their price points. suddenly with iOS 7 people in India and Asia have turned towards Apple after years of hating and supporting cloners. that aggravates an Apple enthusiast like me.

      • author_neel

        I think it’s not iOS that has attracted Indians, I guess it is about interest, more and more people are showing interest in iDevices because they have started knowing what Apple is, I don’t remember many who knew about Apple a few years ago, but now the whole scenario has changed. Clearly, Android is on every single cheap smartphone, but in my opinion, Android and its true functionality can only be enjoyed on a high end, pricy hardware, like Nexus 5 or S4, but many of us, Indians, won’t ever understand that.

  • Rohan

    Country with population probably more than US getting 30 k units to sell itself is a joke and the article to publish selling it out is more than a joke. Apple is not getting a better response in Indian market, samsung is selling it more statergically. Remember samsung has more better sale proven in Asian market than US or UK in initial launch, offcourse with better pricing as well

    • author_neel

      Lemme tell you, Apple sales have improved drastically in previous quarter, primarily because they are offering EMI on their latest products. iPhone 4 sales have improved, a 23K iDevice, with EMI option, good option for those looking for a cheaper iPhone. It’s 3 generation old, but as Apple says, “IF YOU HAVE AN iPhone, YOU HAVE AN iPhone”

  • JoblessGuy2

    I’m actually not that sure on the 30k iPhones number. My dad knows the owners of Alfa, one of the biggest retailers in Mumbai, and they said that they sold 3,000+ pieces through the damn weekend. 30k in total might be way, way off.

  • Sandeep

    I think Airtel should also leave diz kind of offer so many can buy iPhones in India but reliance 1big problem s network if dey improve der network in banglore i think it vll b d best