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Apple Will Not Be Allowed to Sell Refurbished iPhones in India

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Apple Will Not Be Allowed to Sell Refurbished iPhones in India

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Apple has been denied the request to import and sell refurbished iPhones to the world’s second largest mobile population, a telecommunications ministry official told Bloomberg on Tuesday.

With India inc. heavily pushing “Make In India”, the rejection could simply be rebellion by competition brands who do not want Apple to gain foothold by selling cheaper refurbished phones. Companies started a public campaign against the effort, arguing that such a move would trigger a flood of used electronics while defeating the government’s Make-in-India program to encourage local manufacturing.

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India is one the largest smartphone markets in the world, However, Apple has only been able to capture 2% stake in this ever growing region. This is reportedly due to the high prices and less availability of Apple products. Refurbished iPhone sales would have allowed Apple to pentrate a lower segment of the market which would have drastically improved sales and market share for Apple.

Apple is also seeking permission to open its own stores, and drive sales up for the iphone by offering specail Apple financing and deals, as they would in other markets.

 

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Deviana
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Mobile phone lover, Deviana, is iGyaan's Mobile news correspondent
  • Ankit Bhatia

    Many countries including USA allow that ! Its already happening there !! India, perhaps, fear competition to cheap phone makers like micromax, Lava, Gionee etc market share ! But wrong to deprive consumers of cheap products !!

  • Ankit Bhatia

    Many countries including USA allow that ! Its already happening there !! India, perhaps, fear competition to cheap phone makers like micromax, Lava, Gionee etc market share ! But wrong to deprive consumers of cheap products !!

  • Shashank Katiyar

    Its not about just buying the phones. Refurbished phone are kind of e-waste (sooner or latter) for developed countries and they pay a huge amount to developing counties to discard the e-waste. I don’t know about the number of phones they were planning to sell, but in the name of refurbished products, if all companies start selling their products in India, then we would be “Importing the E-Waste, another great stupidity.

  • Psarz Singh

    Sahil Samrat lol

  • Arfan Shaikh

    Used phone which has been refurbished and sold again.
    A second hand phone but sold by Apple.

  • Bikram Singh

    I use an os with full freedom, I am free to comment :-D

  • Sahil Samrat

    Poor guy!
    Can’t afford one so criticising it.
    As if u have a Vertu fon.

  • Sahil Samrat

    U shud not be allowed to comment either.

  • Asif Rasheed

    What is refurbished

  • Saiprasad Prabhu

    Idk … Around a billion ?

  • Saurabh Kushwaha

    I never want to …. :)

  • Aryan Rai

    If u ain’t got the money then u cant care about that either

  • Aryan Rai

    nobody is forcing u to buy refurbished phones

  • Saurabh Kushwaha

    Once govt allow Apple for refurbished phones, other companies will also ask. And in this way, India will become garbage collector . These are e-wastage, once it get out of order.

  • Fahd Lumina Mille

    refurbish isn’t really recommended to buy.. because it has “-bish” on it.

  • Subhajeet Mazumder

    Good Move
    These refurbished products have a shorter life and also will just add more in numbers towards the country’s e_waste

  • Avinash Meeniga

    Good for us

  • Bikram Singh

    It should not be allowed to sell brand new phones either

  • Psarz Singh

    Who care about that #ishit