Following the rejection of the earlier proposal, Apple Inc. has tabled yet another request to import and sell refurbished iPhone units in India. The company while filing its request said that the devices will be manufactured in compliance with the quality standards.
The request for selling the refurbished iPhones in India is included in a list of concessions submitted by Apple to a panel of government officials, which also includes a 15-year tax holiday, reported Bloomberg via an anonymous source said.
Apple iPhone units are mostly placed under the high-end premium pricing list; a majority of cost-conscious consumers in India mostly opt for the previous generations of the iPhone that are priced lesser than the latest models. The Cupertino tech company could sell just 2.5 million phones last year. With pricing being a major factor, competitors like Samsung or the Chinese manufacturers have gained dominance over the emerging market in India. Samsung Electronics Co. is considered to be the biggest selling brand in the country, followed by Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo.
Apple has not shared any detail on seeking permission for importing used iPhone units and selling it in the country. However, if the report turns out to be true, Apple will be the first company to import and sell used units in the country.
Apple’s policy of bringing highly-priced premium devices have contrived many consumers to switch over budget-oriented smartphones available in the country. But, if the company reduces the cost of the refurbished iPhone units we can expect users would purchase these premium phones considering its lower prices.
As reported earlier, Apple is planning to set up a manufacturing plant in India. The government of Karnataka issuing a press release ‘Welcoming the move’, a regional minister last week stated that the company will start assembling the iPhone units in Bangalore with its partner Wistron Corp. by the end of April.