At a media event in Mumbai, Facebook announced that it is teaming up with Indian carrier Reliance in launching the Internet.org initiative in the country. The project, which aims to provide free access to basic internet services on mobile, will be available exclusively to Reliance subscribers in six Indian states, with more being added at a later stage.
Since launching the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India in the month of October, Apple has reportedly sold half a million units in the country. That number is double what the Cupertino giant achieved during the same period in 2013. To consolidate its efforts in the country, Apple has introduced a new trade advisory that halves credit period given to retailers (from fourteen days to seven) as well as lowering sales margins by 0.5 to 1 percent.
After establishing authorized reseller stores in all major cities in India, Apple is reportedly looking to increase its retail presence in the country by opening 500 stores in smaller cities and towns. The Cupertino giant launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India within a month of their official debut in the US, making it the first time consumers in the country had such early access to the latest iPhones.
People in India will soon not be able to use Microsoft's Skype service to make calls to local mobile phones and landlines. The company has quietly revealed, via an updated support website page, that all those kinds of calls will end on November 10 in that country.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in India as scheduled, as Apple has confirmed that both devices will be launching in the country on October 17. Consumers interested will be able to pre-order the devices from October 7.
India will be one of the 155 countries that will get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus before the end of the year, as Apple's Indian website states that both devices will launch in the country on October 17.
Selling older iPhones is Apple's new strategy to gain market share in India. The iPhone 4 was released in June 2010 but is still available and popular in emerging markets like India. Not only can you find the iPhone 4 in India, you'll also find the iPhone 4s that launched in October 2011.
Looking to increase revenue from emerging markets like India, Facebook has announced that it rolling out a new "missed call" ad service that allows users to easily access information from brands and advertisers without incurring data or voice charges.
Apple has launched the 8GB iPhone 5c in India. While the phone's Maximum Retail Price (MRP) is Rs 37,500, or around $641, Apple is currently offering a discount of Rs 4,000, bringing the price down to Rs 33,500, or around $572. Customers will also be given a case worth Rs 2,000 for a limited time with their purchase of the device.