AppLe Inc's iPhone 5S, 5C to hit India's 'grey market' very soon

Sep 19 2013, 12:02 IST
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iPhone is no longer only smartphone that will keep you delighted for your two-year contract. (AP) iPhone is no longer only smartphone that will keep you delighted for your two-year contract. (AP)
SummaryiPhone is no longer only smartphone that will keep you delighted for your two-year contract.

September is turning out to be exciting for gadget lovers. The month started with the launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear, and then Apple Inc. unveiled its most awaited iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

If reports from the 'grey markets' are to be believed, Indian iPhone freaks will have their hands on the newly launched phones by September 24. 

In Pics: Highlights of iPhone 5S, 5C

“Both iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be available at our store by or before September 24,” ….. a leading vendor of the 'grey markets' told The Financial Express Online. The devices available in the 'grey markets come without any sort of warranty, and are expected to don a hefty price tag, although exactly what that will translate into is being left unclear.

The launch

On September 11, Apple Inc. unveiled a high-end iPhone 5S with a fingerprint scanner and a cheaper, colorful plastic iPhone 5C for emerging markets like India.

As per the Apple announcement on 2 year contract, iPhone 5C will be available in five colors, with the 16GB model priced at $99 (Rs 6,262) and the 32GB version costing $199 (Rs 12,586) while iPhone 5S will cost $199 (Rs 12,586) for the 16GB version, $299 (Rs 18,910) for 32GB, and $399 (Rs 25,235) for 64GB. Protective cases will cost $29 (iPhone 5C) $39(iPhone 5S) each. Without contract, iPhone 5C 16GB and 32GB variants are expected to be rolled out at Rs 30,000 and Rs 35,500 respectively while iPhone 5S is expected with a minimum price tag of Rs 50,000 in India.

According to the announcement, iPhone 5C, the iPhone 5S will be available for sale from September 20 in various countries like US, UK, China, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore in first phase and by the end of December the phones will be available in 100 countries including India.

Apple still believes in superb design and tremendous polish. The iPhone 5S is no longer the only smartphone that will keep you delighted for the length of your two-year contract, considering the availability of arguably better products from rivals, but it's still among the few that will.

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