Apple discontinues iPhone 4 in India, all over again

By , May 7, 2014

Front, back, and side views of iPhone 4 in black

According to a new report, Apple has discontinued its four-year-old iPhone 4 smartphone model in India. Although the Cupertino firm had re-launched the handset in the 1.24 billion people market back in January, it’s now been removed after mere 4 months.

This is an unusual move on Apple’s part: the iPhone 4 was re-introduced as Apple’s most affordable phone in India in order to help regain some of the share Apple rapidly lost amid the onslaught of cheap Android handsets.

During the January-March quarter, Apple’s unit share in India was a CyberMedia estimated 2.4 percent versus the #1 Samsung which took 38.9 percent of handset sales…

The Times of India newspaper has the story:

Less than four months after relaunching iPhone 4, Apple decided to once again withdraw its only phone below Rs 20,000, appearing to ease up on its strategy to push volumes in emerging markets such as India to protect margins.

Apple’s average selling price of the iPhone dropped by $41 globally, down to $596.

Analysts have contributed the drop, which negatively affected margins, on the relaunch of the iPhone 4 and the 4s price cuts in emerging markets so Tim Cook & Co. may have decided to phase out the iPhone 4 as a way of preserving margins.

According to the report, local retailers won’t be placing new iPhone 4 orders. This includes three of Apple’s leading trade partners in India who told the publication that fresh supplies of the iPhone 4 have stopped in the past two weeks.

One of Apple’s partners even said that the firm could pull out the handset from other emerging markets, namely from Brazil and China. One retailer also said “a technical issue” (read: poor iOS 7 performance on the lower-specced handset) prompted Apple to withdraw the iPhone 4.

Another partner explained that the iPhone 4 “had served its purpose in India” as it helped double the consumer base of iPhones.

The off-contract iPhone 4 cost below Rs 20,000, or about $330.

The iPhone 4s is now Apple’s best-selling handset in India, partly thanks to a Rs 7,500 ($125) buyback offer last month that has helped reduce the gap with the iPhone 4 to Rs 3,000, or approximately $50, while doubling iPhone 4s sales.

The Economic Times recently said Apple would set up small shops in larger cities in India to push some older-model iPhones and iPads, as well as some lower-end Macs.

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  • Amanmore1996

    $33? I think you forgot to put a 0 there, Christian…

    • Om

      Yeah. It can’t be $33.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      yes I did :),

      Anyways, fixed

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Proud to be the owner of Apple best selling iDevice in India :D :P

  • John Tremendol

    Please correct, its 330$ instead of 33

  • n0ahcruz3

    Over priced underpowered. Moto G much better smartphone for less.

    • sriram varadarajulu

      Quad core at 14k rupees is a pretty good deal :D

      • n0ahcruz3

        I got a moto G its smooth the screen is pretty decent. Battery life good. And best of all its half the price of the iphone 4 which is super slow(ios 7).

      • Harsh Sac

        You realise you are comparing a phone two to three years apart
        Also the build quality of the iPhone increases its cost
        And is a rather cheap deal

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Dude, the point is it’s selling at the same price as the Moto G with inferior tech specs. The typical SmartPhone costs like $200 to make, and as years go by, materials become cheaper, so, by now it probably costs $100 to build an iPhone 4, yet it’s selling for the same price as a year ago tech…

      • Harsh Sac

        Are you really comparing Glass and Metal with Plastic..?
        And your point claiming that materials go down by time applies to the actual components (Processors, RAM etc.) as well
        Thus the Moto G has a tremendous advantage in terms of spec in that area.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Yes I’m comparing the two, ’cause those parts don’t have a significant increase in the overall cost of manufacturing the device. For example, the 16GB iPhone 5 costs approximately $207 to build (http://bit ly/1qAeaHM), the 16GB Galaxy S4 costs approximately $241 to build (http://bit ly/1qAe2Io), yet the iPhone sells pricier on the market.

        “And your point claiming that materials go down by time applies to the actual components (Processors, RAM etc.) as well. Thus the Moto G has a tremendous advantage in terms of spec in that area.”

        So, let me get this straight. The moto G has later internal components, yet you think the price of Apple’s 3 years ago components is worth more than the old components in the Moto G? I’m not sure I understand your logic here, starting to think you’re using some dingbat-logic to determine the worth of materials.

      • Harsh Sac

        Okay
        It all is as you say…..
        Thanks a lot for your hard work

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        It was just a 1 minute google away

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Good move, it’s an overpriced and inferior product. The OnePlus One is starting at $300 for slightly better tech specs than the Note 3.

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      I’m glad you mentioned the oneplusone. Been checking about it almost every alternate day on the net. I believe this is going to be my next phone. I currently love my iphone 5. But i don’t mind jumping ship to the android. I don’t know why people bashed android. I made a purchase myself – the nexus 7 2013. And i pretty much love the android and it’s eco system. Security might be an issue, but as if apple doesn’t have it fair share of exploits which mind you takes ages to patch. If oneplusone can use the best parts in a phone and sell only for 300$ then why not other smartphone manufactures.

      • Harsh Sac

        I have to correct two points in your comment,
        1) Apple bashes Android because it is a competitor
        2) It doesn’t take ‘ages’ to patch exploits. Apple releases its iPhone line-up only once a year, with it only comes a software update.
        Additionally all the Operating Systems have bugs and issues
        Apple take a year to develop thus it lacks them, the jailbreak developers community work day and night to find the exploits which Apple left out to create a jailbreak utility.
        I too am gonna switch to the OnePlus One but I am very suspicious about how are they selling such a high end phone for such a low price

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        You keep putting stuff in people’s mouths; do you have a hard time comprehending english?

        1.) She’s talking about people, especially the Apple fanboys, who baselessly bash Android. Not Apple.

        2.) The OnePlus One sells that cheap by them eliminating their advertising costs (Super Fans do the advertisement for them) and by OnePlus reducing it’s greed factor.

      • Harsh Sac

        I think You may need to do some research brother,
        She said, and I quote,”but as if apple doesn’t have it fair share of exploits which mind you takes ages to patch.”
        And what would it mean to anyone who reads this
        Yes you would read it as “Apple” not “Apple Fanboys”.
        And in the defense of Apple Fans, They never bashed Android, It was Samsung who started the war because of the patent acquisition of its’ by making those Anti-Apple Ads.
        And Sir I find your language a little offensive, please learn to respect others’ thoughts and opinions ,and first judge yourself before taking any actions.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Your lack of english comprehension is clearly showing. Your brain seems to have snored past this part :

        ” I don’t know why people bashed android. I made a purchase myself – the nexus 7 2013. And i pretty much love the android and it’s eco system. Security might be an issue, but as if apple doesn’t have it fair share of exploits which mind you takes ages to patch.”

        The first part implies people talk about android security issues as-if Apple doesn’t have it’s fair share of security problems. Which I agree with. The second part implies Apple takes a while to patch stuff, which I mostly disagree with.

        “And in the defense of Apple Fans, They never bashed Android,”

        You sure are new to this blog.

        “And Sir I find your language a little offensive, please learn to respect others’ thoughts and opinions ,and first judge yourself before taking any actions.”

        Sir, I find your responses a bit irritating. Please consider improving on your english comprehension skills, learn to do your research and point out your sources, and also avoid making claims without sources, it makes you look ignoramus.

      • Harsh Sac

        Ah the old wise man, share your great wisdom with me
        Please tell us that Samsung doesn’t make Anti-Apple Ads, Also tell us how you can possibly imagine for how long I have been following this blog
        [For the record, I have been here for a little over two years, now]
        And if ,according to you, I cannot comprehend your post, then according to me you cannot appreciate others, because you are too self-centered in your own world.
        Also I made no claims that would need sources to understand. And if you so love your ‘sources’ then just Google it. People can’t go on spoon feeding you for your whole life

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        No need to play the pathetic bait-switch game, that’s just asinine.

        Speaking of sources, your excuse not to use them just goes to show how baseless your claims are.Keep up your dingbat-logic.

    • Harsh Sac

      This inferior product you are talking about was released three years ago
      OnePlus One isn’t even out in the market yet.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        And where did you read me claiming the OnePlus One is on the market? That’s right, no where. Just ’cause it’s not on the maerket yet doesn’t mean you can’t know the price dude. Do your homework.

        The fact that it’s 3 years ago tech selling at the price of today’s tech proves my point of it being inferior.

      • Harsh Sac

        That also proves my point that since it is 3 years old Apple removed and it is pointless for anyone to compare anything more than two years apart

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        “That also proves my point that since it is 3 years old thus Apple removed it”

        Your point has no sources to back it up. Just baseless claiming. If you stated it as a probable reason, I’d agree, but as the main reason, I’d need sources.

        “and it is pointless for anyone to compare two things more than two years apart”

        Dude, so long as the pricing is on par with today’s technology, I will compare it. Can’t be seeing stuff on the market and just ignore it ’cause it’s older, that’s plain ignorance.

        “Also I never said that You claimed that OnePlus One is out on the market,”

        Sure you didn’t say it out loud, but guess what dude? That is what the following implies when you use it to reply:

        “OnePlus One isn’t even out in the market yet.”

        “I am saying that we cant count on things that aren’t even available to the public yet”

        Right, count on it in what way exactly? Sure you can’t rely on third-party blogs for such info. However, I’m counting on the pricing ’cause OnePlus had an introduction event and explained the pricing and specs there. What better way to learn about a product than the manufacturer themselves?

      • Harsh Sac

        1) Oh you need sources, Just Scroll up….
        “Another partner explained that the iPhone 4 “had served its purpose in India” as it helped double the consumer base of iPhones.”
        And I didn’t make that claim you did in the previous post
        2) If you want to compare it so bad, then go ahead, I just am saying that it will do you no good, Any sane person would definitely go for the newer tech, It has been on the Indian market as the other Apple products are ridiculous in pricing (iPhone 5/5S, even the 5C)
        And my claim is based on the old Galaxy Y’s and Galaxy S’s, They are way slower than the iPhone yet still they are on the market and guess what? People are buying them!.
        3) And we are having this Argument based on India, Yes they have achieved a massive feat and brought a tough challenge to the other manufacturers
        But what about India, It will be months if not years until it is even announced to the Indian people, let alone launch it

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        1.)

        “Oh you need sources, Just Scroll up….

        “Another partner explained that the iPhone 4 “had served its purpose in India” as it helped double the consumer base of iPhones.”"

        That’s as asinine as pointing to an article describing the sales of IAPs to back-up your point on the sales of a hardware. How the f does that support your argument that it’s due to the iPhone 4 being 3 years old that Apple removed it?

        You say you didn’t make that claim, then WTF do you think the following is:

        “That also proves my point that since it is 3 years old thus Apple removed it”

        Your lack of english comprehension just keeps showing as you’re making a numbskull out of yourself. Just shush dude.

        2.)

        “I just am saying that it will do you no good, Any sane person would definitely go for the newer tech”

        It will do me no personal good, but it sure will do me good knowing I’ve put the word out there that this is an overpriced and inferior product. Regarding a sane person, you described a rich person who doesn’t think twice before spending their money. In general, any sane person (rich or poor) would go for what fits their budget AND isn’t overpriced.

        Regarding Apple product pricing, all big-company (Apple, Samsung, HTC, etc) flagship phones are currently ridiculously priced, IMO, sadly people still pay for them. The OnePlus One is an example of how new SmartPhone PCs should be priced.

        Regarding the Galaxy Y’s and Galaxy S’s, those can be easily restored with latest stock Android and be much faster than the iPhone that came out the same year. Touchwiz or any other skin is easy to dump if you don’t like it, can’t say that about ANY iPhone stuff.

        3.) That could surely be the case for India, based on past history. However, nothing stops OnePlus from making that change too.

      • Harsh Sac

        Says the person who doesn’t know what sane means
        [FYI it means a person of a sound mind or not mentally ill]
        And the ‘point’ I backed-up isn’t a point by any means, it was just a statement. And it IS backed-up by the article, by saying, it has already run its course and needs replacing.
        And please stop commenting the same thing again and again, just because you don’t have anything else to say.
        And you point regarding the Galaxy Y’s isn’t disproving my point. They are still too old to the market, just like the iPhone, as you mentioned, and iPhone’s CAN be jailbreakable
        And trust me dude OnePlus One will not show up here until three months from the US launch, that is based on the Oppo One, which launched here five months after it had been released in the US

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        “And the ‘point’ I backed-up isn’t a point by any means, it was just a statement”

        Uhm…ok.

        “And please stop commenting the same thing again and again, just because you don’t have anything else to say.”

        Don’t see the point of changing it when it’s the same baseless claims I’m reply to.

        “And trust me dude OnePlus One will not show up here until three months from the US launch”

        Just 3-5 months!? That’s a significant difference from 3 years…

      • Harsh Sac

        You don’t understand do you
        I DIDN’T MAKE ANY CLAIMS, ALL MY POINTS ARE RIGHT THERE!
        (Maybe Capslock helps…)
        Your last point being….? sarcastic or an exclamation…?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        I sure don’t understand your logic. According to the conventional dictionary, a claim is defined as:

        “State or assert that something is the case, typically without providing evidence or proof.”

        Which is precisely what the following words are doing:

        “since it is 3 years old thus Apple removed it”

        Yet you say they’re not claims? Sounds like you have a dingbat-definition of a claim.

        Regarding the being a new company to the India market, I understand that and their way of marketing is good for such killer price. Super fans will do the advertising for them and spark the interest of the public. It’s already happening and that’s how my interest was sparked. So long as it’s released before the next iteration, it’s more than worth the wait.

      • Harsh Sac

        So let me get this, you say that claim means ,”state or assert is the case,typically without proof or evidence” ,correct…?yet you say that I need to give sources for my ‘claims’ which don’t need them…?And you need proof to not compare two things more than two years apart…?
        Then why not compare Steam engine trains vs. Maglevs
        Why not compare the Computers on the Apollo 11 spacecraft with a crate supercomputer…?
        And this Super-fan advertising you are talking about doesn’t attract the masses (which is what new companies need to grow in a new developing country, the attention of the masses) This has already happened with the Nexus line and the Oppo Find series. (These two example have even advertised and still not got the major share of the Market in India.)
        And the rip off product you criticise is the best seller (or rather was the best seller) in all of Apple’s iPhone line up introduced in India. Here since the iPhone (when first launched) was like a status symbol or the bling bling for the public as (at the very first) only rich people could afford and buy them. And since iOS is unique to Apple Products. It has generated quite a ‘hype’ people just buy them for whatever they are worth for without looking at the specs (because normal people, pretty much don’t care about specs (at least they don’t used to…) they just want a phone that, as Apple would say it “Just Works”, and is simple to understand and use)

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        “So let me get this, you say that claim means ,”state or assert that something is the case, typically without proof or evidence” ,correct…?yet you say that I need to give sources for my ‘claims’ which don’t need them…?”

        Making a claim doesn’t mean it’s gonna be conventionally logical or true. Like, “Your mama’s so fat”, is a baseless claim as it has nothing to prove it is conventionally true. That is what sources are for. So far, you claims are just baseless.

        “Then why not compare Steam engine trains vs. MaglevsWhy not compare the Computers on the Apollo 11 spacecraft with a crate supercomputer…?
        or why not compare a disposable camera with a DSLR…?
        Windows 98 with Windows 8…?

        The list is almost endless…..”

        Uhm, people compare those to see how we’ve advanced, here’s a comparison of Windows 98 to Windows 8 (http://bit ly/1qN2FwP). I’m comparing the iPhone 4 to the Moto G ’cause they’re both for sale on the market. You don’t have to compare them, but making a conclusion without considering what else is out there is just ignoramus.

        “And this Super-fan advertising you are talking about doesn’t attract the masses”

        It attracted me, so, there’s the probability it attracted many others. Or we don’t fit your definition of “the masses”?

        “And the rip off product you criticise is the best seller (or rather was the best seller) in India, among all of Apple’s iPhone line up introduced in India.”

        Yeah, a rip-off product that sells great doesn’t change the fact that it’s a rip-off compared to what is out there.

        “because normal people, pretty much don’t care about specs”

        So true. However, with iOS 7, that thing is damn slow, which normal people will for sure care about. It doesn’t “just work” when it’s as slow as a sloth.

      • Harsh Sac

        So if this is a comparison of how technology has advanced then why criticise an old product because it has not advanced….?
        We should just accept the fact and move on…
        A disposable camera is still on the market with a DSLR,
        Steam engines are still on tracks, aren’t they…?

        Of course, people like you and me do not fit the definition of ‘the masses’.
        Especially here in India , there aren’t as many people deeply interested in technology as they are people interested in how a freakin. toilet works.
        And if there were as many people as to make a company want to sell a new product (even with such a low price) in a foreign country, we would all have headquarters of all companies here (consider the population difference if you think I am wrong)
        If it is a ‘rip-off’ product then why would people buy it…? (O.o)
        If you said that three months ago, you would be right
        But recently Apple issued iOS 7.1.1 update, which makes it way faster than before and usable (Still this brings up my point that it is Old, thus any new software will run slow in old tech)
        And I didn’t mean that “just works” as in speed, I mean easy to understand and use, Simplicity.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        “So if this is a comparison of how technology has advanced then why criticise an old product because it has not advanced….?”

        ‘Cause it’s selling at the same price astechnology that has advanced. Is it that touch for you to comprehend?

        “We should just accept the fact and move on…”

        Why so? That’s the way of the sheeple, which I despise. If that habit goes on in the marketplace, we’ll just keep getting overpriced and inferior (i.e. rip-off) products on the market; I despise rip-off products.

        “A disposable camera is still on the market with a DSLR”

        Yeah, and if I’m on the look-out for a disposable camera, and I notice it’s priced like a DSLR, I will criticize for being overpriced.

        “And If it is a ‘rip-off’ product then why would people buy it”

        There are many factors that could push the average Joe into buying a rip-off product. Some of them are:

        “- They’re brainwashed into thinking the one that sells the most is the best money can offer

        - They’re so eager to be able to say the “I have an iPhone” phrase, ’cause they feel it’s cool or their friend has an iPhone

        - They’re unaware of what is out on the market”

        “If you said that three months ago, you would be right

        But recently Apple issued iOS 7.1.1 update, which makes it way faster than before and usable”

        Past experience with an iPhone 3Gs and an iPhone 4 speak the opposite. Fresh restores of newer iOS updates made my device feel slower when using memory hungry apps as the newer iOS versions consumed more RAM (with new launch daemons). This could be easily fixed if Apple weren’t so hard-headed into dictating what should be running in the background.

        “Still this brings up my point that it is Old, thus any new software will run slow in old tech”

        Nope, Windows 8 AND Android KitKat prove you dead wrong. Any new poorly coded software would run slow in old tech, that’s a given. When coded right, newer software can make older hardware more usable. That’s what Windows 8 did to my 2007 Gateway Desktop (which came with XP).

      • Harsh Sac

        Ahm,
        I am saying “Since it has not advanced it is overpriced”

        Okay so you said that,
        - Phones get their advertisements from people like us, So why would we appriciate a rip-off product….?
        - Ahm Okay, basically that iPhone bling-bling I talked about
        -This contradicts your earlier points….
        You said that phones like OnePlus one, are advertised by us and are made popular my us and so attracting “the masses”

        Ahm, I have an iPhone 4 running iOS 7.1.1 and I can easily play Real Racing 3 without any major frame-dips
        (Just gets a little laggy when Multitasking)

        I don’t know what you are talking about Windows 8 being faster on old tech (I have an Old Core 2 Duo system running Win 8 and it as slow as it was when it was running Win 7, just a little faster when loading apps)
        KitKat on the other hand was literally developed for Slower and older tech making its system requirements to a bare minimum Thus it is faster on More modern tech .And as Apple is approaching the new iOS 8 launch, It is preparing for the iPhone 4′s demise
        Thus it isnt worth the bother for Apple as it already has three Phones in its iPhone Line up( which I thunk kinda sucks)

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        “Okay so you said that,

        - Phones get their advertisements from people like us, So why would we appriciate a rip-off product….?”

        WTF? Not sure if you’re referring to the OnePlus One or the iPhone there. If the former, HTF is that a rip-off product. If the latter, I never appreciated a rip-off a product, maybe you did. I waited for the price to be right then got it on eBay ($290 for good as new factory unlocked 32GB iPhone 4).

        “- Ahm Okay, basically that iPhone bling-bling I talked about
        -This contradicts your earlier points….”

        Not sure what you’re referring to here…you drinking and typing? Kindly clarify what part of my post you’re referring to.

        “KitKat on the other hand was literally developed for Slower and older tech making its system requirements to a bare minimum “

        Which is my point:

        “When coded right, newer software can make older hardware more usable.”