The Economic Times is one of the highly circulated business newspapers in India. It is a morning dope for many of us interested in financial news. But today an article titled ‘India Inc divided on iPhone vs BlackBerry’ caught my eye. Not because it is from my area of interest but the wrong facts it had put forth before the readers. Sadly enough but I think the writers, Harsimran Singh & Amit Sharma should have done enough research on the subject matter before publishing an article for such a reputed publication.
I’ll note down the bloopers found in this article and explain you’ll the REAL FACTS which were more pertinent to Apple’s iPhone.
1) Not surprisingly the launch of Apple’s 3G iPhone in India on July 11 could see more people switching to the touch and motion sensing capabilities of the cool handset.
Nor Apple neither Vodafone/Airtel said that they will be releasing iPhone 3G in India on July 11. The operators are still mum about the availability and price. However, they are offering registration to keep interested people updated.
2) Apple has announced that it will launch its 2G and 3G phones in India next month.
Read our explanation above.
3) On the other hand, the Apple 2G iPhone is pegged to cost Rs 22,000 available from Airtel and Vodafone in India.
Even the PRs of Vodafone and Airtel say that only iPhone 3G will be available in India. So from where did 2G iPhone come from? You’ve got the price too. It’s a joke, right? Apple will only sell 3G iPhones and presumably 2G iPhones are already out of production.
4) Apple’s 3G phone launched this month will also be available in India at a price of around $299 (Rs 12,000) and $199 (Rs 8,000).
Agreed, that this is the official price of iPhone in US. But you expect the same thing to happen here? If India gets a multimedia phone like iPhone at this price, Nokia and others will be out of business soon. And yes, how can 3G iPhone be cheaper than 2G?
Overall, the article takes an opinion from the corporate biggies if they prefer BB or iPhone but the facts make the article a bit misleading. And a tip to the authors: Stop CONVERTING foreign currencies to INR. We do a better job, I bet!