The iPhone 5 launched in India on Friday at a fairly steep price tag of Rs 45,500 for the basic 16 GB model. However mobile operators Airtel and Aircel who are both selling the device, are offering some attractive tariff rates to keep consumers interested.
Airtel is giving consumers the option of choosing from four different postpaid connections, all of which are offering discounts of as much as 50 percent. The packages start at Rs 300 per month for 200MB of 3G data, 300 free text messages and 500 minutes of free talktime.
The most expensive package which costs Rs 1000 per month, offers 3072 MB (a little over 3GB) of 3G data, 600 free text messages and 1500 minutes of free talktime.
Prepaid packages vary from city to city. In Mumbai, packages began at Rs 290, with 200 MB of 3G data, 300 free SMS, and 500 minutes of free talktime. In Delhi however, packages begin at Rs 305 for the same benefits. (Click here for more information)
Aircel however is being even more competitive in its pricing. Postpaid users need not pay any rental for the first 12 months of usage, and receive 1GB of free data, 500 minutes free talktime and 500 free text messages. The catch however, is that the free text messages and free talktime are only between Aircel users.
In terms of prepaid packages, rates start at Rs 396 for 500 minutes talktime and 1000 free text messages from Aircel to Aircel, along with 3GB of either 2G or 3G data. (More information here)
You can of course opt to just purchase an iPhone and stick to your own smartphone package. However, you need to ensure that you are able to procure a nano sim, as the phone does not work on a regular sim card.
Key features of the iPhone are: a 4 inch screen with a higher screen resolution of 1136×640 pixel which comes to around 326 ppi. That’s Retina Display quality for you.
The iPhone5 has the dual-core A6 chip, an 8 megapixel rear camera with a sapphire crystal lens cover for ‘clearer pictures’ and a 1.2 megapixel front camera. The dock connector is now called Lightning, and has an eight-pin plug.