For the first time in India, iPhones will run on a CDMA network with telecom service provider Reliance making the Apple phone available on its network.
So far iPhones have only been available on GSM carriers like Airtel, Vodofone, etc in India. But that is all set to change if a report by popular gadget website BGR.in is to be believed.
The website claims that Reliance Communications will officially launch India’s first iPhone running on its CDMA network. CDMA iPhones are already present in other parts of the world like Verizon in the US. The launch will be aided by a big marketing campaign.
There is still no word on pricing, but the GSM version of the phone was launched in India for Rs 45,500 for the 16GB version and the RCom pricing is likely to be very similar.
The report says the phone is likely to be locked to the RCom CDMA network.
According to the latest Trai data, Reliance Communcation had a 14.17% share of the total India market share with almost 123 million subcribers in March 2013. This includes both GSM and CDMA subcribers.
RCom Offers 50% discount on 3G to iPhone users
According to Economic Times, Reliance Communications has tied up with Apple to bundle the iPhone handset with its service plans.
RCom will offer as much as 50% discount on data service on its 3G network to iPhone users on its network under these plans.
Earlier Apple had tied up with Aircel and Airtel to bundle offers. The report states that Reliance is trying to get 40 million out of the 140 million new smartphone users over the next two or three years.
Apple also has 4G versions of the iPhone and Reliance Communications is a passive infrastructure provider for Mukesh Ambani’s Relaince Jio Infocomm, which is the only company in the country to have pan-India licences for 4G. A point to note is that the 4G band on which the iPhone 5 runs is not the same as the one that licences have been granted but this could be modified before 4G is launched by Reliance in the country.
Reliance will offer 6GB of data surfing for iPhone users at Rs 804.
Reliance Communications will also offer premium numbers to new iPhone customers on its network, and free access to applications like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter for three months. The free access to applications are available to customers on any smartphone.
The plans will be available only in 7 cities to start with, including Mumbai and Delhi.