Apple Launching CDMA Phones In India
Whatever the hype about the Android is spreading in the market, an iPhone is iPhone, that no other product can replace with. That unique ID made the iPhone popular among all. An iPhone based on another mobile standard, GSM, or global system for mobile communications, is already available in India through the operators Bharti AirTel and Vodafone Essar, a unit of Vodafone Group. But, its kind of expensive. But, now the Apple is planning to launch the CDMA version of iPhone which will be available at cheaper rates.
Apple is in talks with two Indian telecom operators about launching a CDMA version of the iPhone in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing mobile markets. Apple is holding discussions with Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices about bringing an iPhone using CDMA, or code division multiple access technology, to India. As Tata already launched their 3G service in India the iPhone4 with 3G service will turn to be the hotcakes in India.
The report that a CDMA-based iPhone could be coming to India comes just days after the Journal said Apple plans to make a CDMA version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will begin selling early next year in the United States.
AT&T, which uses GSM technology, has been the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in the United States since the touchscreen smartphone was launched in 2007. “Tata has been in talks with them (Apple) for four to five months now,” the Journal quoted a “person familiar with the negotiations” as saying.
Launching a CDMA phone in India would give Apple access to more customers in the world’s fastest growing telecom market, which is adding around 18 million users a month.It said roughly 20 per cent of India’s 670 million wireless users have CDMA phones. Daryl Chiam, a senior analyst at research firm Canalys, told the Journal that Apple accounted for less than 1 per cent of India’s smartphone market share in the first half of 2010.
I think this move from Apple will really make the iPhone lovers in India (like me:)) really happy. So,What you think about Apple iPhone launch in India? Please share your comments. Thank you for reading.