Will there actually be an iPhone 4S price in India? Yes, there will be, for the iPhone 4S itself is now actually available in India. Just hot from the oven last October from its release in the US, the iPhone 4S is now available through both retail stores and carriers having officially launched as of November 25, 2011. So in order to guide you towards getting the iPhone 4S, we have surveyed the various deals, plans, and prices to help you find the best one that suits your needs.
iPhone 4S Deals & Prices – Retail Stores
The official retail price of the iPhone 4S in India is Rs. 44,500 for the 16GB model, Rs. 50,900 for the 32GB, and Rs. 57,500 for the largest 64GB, in both black and white color choices. While most retailers we found were offering the iPhone 4S at these standard Maximum Retail Prices (MRP), we found 2 online retailers that were notable exceptions. The 1st retailer is BuyThePrice.com, which offers the iPhone 4S at the standard MRP, with free shipping and a 1 year manufacturer warranty.
Our 2nd recommended retailer is ShopYourWorld.com, which retails the smallest iPhone 4S 16GB model at a discounted price of Rs. 43,100. However, both the 32GB and 64GB models are costlier than the MRP, at Rs. 51,500 and Rs. 59,900 respectively. These stated prices include shipping plus insurance as well, with an estimated delivery time of 4 weeks.
iPhone 4S Tariff Plans – Airtel and Aircel
Besides the retail stores, you can also get the iPhone 4S from one of the major 2 Indian carriers, Airtel and Aircel. Both of them offer the iPhone 4S under various tariff plans. While in the past, iPhone tariff plans in India used to be exorbitant, looking like carriers taking advantage of buyers who could afford a premium product such as the iPhone; the good news is that today, both Airtel and Aircel offer tariff plans that are value for money, being both affordable and customizable.
Under Airtel, the most expensive plan costs Rs. 1000/month, which provides 1500 minutes of talk time, 600 SMSes and 3GB data. While the actual cost is Rs. 2000/month, there is a 50% discount in effect that brings this down to the stated Rs. 1000/month, which is a brilliant savings of Rs. 24,000 over 24 months or 2 years, being the total length of the tariff plan. For cheaper budget options, there is a slider which allows users to select the lower monthly costs of Rs. 1600, Rs. 1000 or Rs. 600, which are also given a 50% discount down to Rs. 800, Rs. 500, and Rs. 300 per month respectively. The Rs. 300/month plan provides the lightest usage of 500 minutes talk time, 300 SMSes, and 200MB data, while the next plan at Rs. 500/month upgrades the talk time to 900 minutes, 400 SMSes, and 500MB data. Moving up to Rs. 800/month, we now have talk time at 1400 minutes, 500 SMSes, and 1200MB data, before finally capping off at Rs. 1000/month that provides the maximum of 1500 minutes of talk time, 600 SMSes, and 3GB data. Airtel also retails the iPhone 4S at the standard MRP of Rs. 44,500, 50,900 and 57,500 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models respectively.
As for the 2nd carrier Aircel, they have unique 50% monthly money back plans, which claim to provide discounts by “giving back” 50% of the money spent on the iPhone over 2 years. With all 3 models of the iPhone 4S offered at the same MRP, the cheapest tariff they have for the iPhone 4S 16GB costs Rs. 950/month (with a Rs. 930 Money Back Discount), providing 3000 Local + STD minutes, 650MB of data and 350 SMSes. While 650MB of data is rather small for heavy data users, fortunately there is an additional 1GB of Wi-Fi data in the package thanks to Aircel’s linkage with SpectraNet. Meanwhile, the iPhone 4S 32GB tariff costs Rs. 1150/month (with a Rs. 1060 discount), 3500 Local + STD minutes, 450 SMSes and the same 650 MB of data and 1GB of Wi-Fi. The largest iPhone 4S 64GB model costs Rs. 1350/month (with a Rs. 1200 discount), capping off at 4000 Local + STD minutes and 550 SMSes, with the same 650MB data and 1GB Wi-Fi.
iPhone 4 Still Alive And Kicking
For comparison to the iPhone 4S price inIndia, Apple still offers the earlier models: the iPhone 4 8GB Black at Rs. 37,900 and the iPhone 3GS 8GB Black at Rs. 20,900. Strangely, the 8GB iPhone 4 is pricier than the earlier Rs. 34,500 price of the 16GB model, with the 32GB model previously costing Rs. 40,900. Alternatively, it is cheaper to obtain the older iPhone 4 from eBay from Seller NewMobileGallery. At the time of this writing, there are 11 units of the 16GB iPhone 4 available for Rs. 26,495, and 4 units of the 32GB iPhone 4 available for Rs. 30,500. These are unlocked models that come with a Gevey SIM card, indicating that these handsets were obtained overseas.
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