5 Reasons for poor iPhone Sales in India

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iPhone in the Indian mobile market has to be accepted as a failure when compared to how big they made in the US market and rest of the world.

Those who are watching closely the US market and are carried away by the trend in the US market may think as a humbug, but the fact that the Apple sellers and marketers in India has to agree is that in the Indian mobile market, Apple did not make this as big and still the same old phones dominate.

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Some of the identified reasons for this kind of poor sales in India are discussed below:

#1 Lack of Countrywide support

While there is a number of Mac service center across India, the service they render is only for all other devices of Apple other than iPhones. This is very hard to find a service center for iPhone in India, and Apple still has not learnt the trick of the trade in India that Indian customers are prone to choosing electronics and electrical items that have very good service centers and technical support.

This is the reason why Nokia dominates the Indian mobile market!

#2 Unsubsidized Handsets

Well Indians are one of the intelligent consumers in the world, that they very well know that unlike in the US and other markets around the world, iPhone do not come with a subsidy.

They are usually as a part of some kinds of plan with Airtel and Vodafone,while you find that both of them do not give you any reduction on the price for being on a two-year contract with them, which of course, in the end you will find yourself paying more than US customers for the very same iPhone.

The cost of iPhone 3G from Airtel is around INR 31, 000, while that of many other phones, which are considered the competitors like Nokia N8, is only INR 25, 000 and you can buy them from the Nokia shop and choose your plan. Which one will you prefer to choose?

#3 No User data services

Yet another point to be noted with iPhone is that many of the services that they offer is of going to be of no use in a country, where now only services like 3G connectivity is picking up in the market. The layman is learning what these services can do for them, besides an increase in the speed of the internet services.

So iPhone is much more futuristic that what the mobile carriers can provide you with and this raises a question of how much is the money worth being spent.

#4 Skeptical Consumerism

Indian consumers are slow in picking up some new concept, and even the generation of this day and that of tomorrow are not open minded in accepting the concept of iPhone, and still prefer the traditional phones that they had been purchasing.

Moreover, there is a tough competition of another new concept being introduced at the same time,which is from a much more reliable resource Google’s Android.

#5 The cost factor

India is self sufficient, but other than the booming IT market, rest of the Indians is not as rich enough to spend a fortune on iPhone. Rather they would think of different investing options.

So what’s your opinion on poor iPhone sales in India ?

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  1. #

    There is no 3G, 4G, LTE data services for Wireless providers in India?

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      There certainly is, but as praveen said 3G has just started and even today some networks providers don’t provide it fully. So 4G is like a couple of yeas away.

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      3G is available na?

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    Praveen very well said.And the cost is main problem, if you want to cover the indian market than provide some low range gadgets at least can be used by other people to. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Don’t worry they just figured out how to unlock it , the prices of these are astronomical and are not very available, but as the price will come down they will be available at the slow prices.

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    Thanks for the sharing, Praveen. I didn’t know iPhone sales are not good in India. Your reasons sound very logical!

    Cheers, and have a nice day!

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    Hello Mani,

    Yes! your views are very fine for sale of Iphones in India but i think India like luxury goods aswell which is a reason of sales of Iphones

  6. #

    Hey friend – I think cost is the major issue for their low sales. Just look at Samsung Galaxy series, arent they good and cheaper than smartphones?

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    Don’t worry they just figured out how to unlock it , the prices of these are astronomical and are not very available, but the price will come down and available in 2008

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    Yeah, off course most of the Indians are not direct minded in accepting new concept now. Because those concept should be very difficult to understand. Valuable post Praveen.

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    I guess Steve Jobs failed to market the iPhone in India. I thought iPhone dominated the world until I read this. You stated quite a lot of factors for the iPhones poor sales but I think the major reason is that Indian consumers THINK before they buy something. Don’t you guys agree?

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      I quite agree with you. Because the fact of the matter is not all have the money to spend without researching well enough. So it becomes essential to think twice before buying an expensive product like an iPhone.

  10. #

    Wow those are good reasons for not having much good with sales over there. It is unfortunate.

  11. #

    There is an app that is often used for trade shows called Square. It allows you to scan credit cards directly from your iPhone and send a text message to your customers with a link to their full receipt.

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    It seems to me its more of a lack of a push from the providers, if the technology is implemented, and the capability of the phone is implemented for most of the country, I am sure the India citizens will start to really consider the phone.

    -Jean

  13. retin a
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    Actual Indian people don’t want to buy costly phone that is why such poor iphone are selling in India

    • not at all
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      you have no idea about the disadvantages of iphone . you cannot use it as a mass storage device. no bluetooth sharing with other brand phones. cant put another sim to dat phone unless u have a new one, now what do you say???

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    I think the main impediment is the price of the iPhone, nobody is comfortable with the fact that they are paying much more for the phone as compared to western customers, plus also lack of 3G services in most places.

  15. #

    According to me ,Economy is one of the major Problem for iPhone!

  16. Bibhu
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    Great analysis, true we are always looking for service center because we never konow any can possible , unlike in US the life is sterio type. Indian always looking for value for money which is not there with apple.

  17. Ashok
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    Good reasons by all of my friends.
    The major dependency of the indian economy is agricultural activities , iphones are limited to the corporate sector which is not so wide as compare to US or other developed countries. That limits the sale of iphones in india.

  18. ZAHEEN
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    LETS LOOK FROM APPLE’S POINT OF VIEW
    1. DONT COMPARE THE PRICE OF IPHONE IN INDIA WITH US.
    FACTORY UNLOCKED IPHONE IN US AND IN INDIA ARE AROUND THE SAME PRICE ( 4S 649$ 16Gb.,in india around 38K we can get it)
    2. IN US YOU CAN GET IPHONE 4S 16GB FOR 10k BUT YOU NEED TO USE CARRIER(At&t) FOR TWO YEARS
    3. ALSO APPLE DOES NOT HAVE ANY INCOME FROM ITUNES STORE IN INDIA.,SO ONLY WAY THEY CAN GET PROFIT IS TO PRICE IT HIGHER
    4. AND MAIN THING IS THAT APPLE DONT WANT TO SEE IPHONES IN EVERYBODY’S HAND….
    THATS IT…….

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