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#1 Thewindows8user

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:04

iPhone 5S 16/32/64GB - INR 53500/62500/71500 (US$ 865/1011/1156)

iPhone 5C 16/32GB - INR 41900/53500 (US$ 677/865)
iPhone 4S 8GB - INR 31500 (US$ 509)

India is a very huge market, but Apple seems to ignore it.

I can buy a LUMIA 925 for the price quite less than iPhone 4s and a Lumia 1020 at prices way lower than iPhone 5c 32GB




#2 Steven P.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:08

Damn, they are high prices yeah :s What does the Lumia 925 and 1020 cost over there?



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:30

Damn, they are high prices yeah :s What does the Lumia 925 and 1020 cost over there?

If Iphone prices are bizaare, Nokia is not far behind with Lumia strategy. 925 launch price was Rs 33900 ($550) and 1020 launch price is Rs 46990 ($760). I ended up buying Sony ZL for $400 which is better speced phone than 925 (sure android, but i can live it with it). No wonder Samsung / Sony are killing Lumia in India. They need to realize their competition and market realities here. I am hugely disappointed in Nokia.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:35

If Iphone prices are bizaare, Nokia is not far behind with Lumia strategy. 925 launch price was Rs 33900 ($550) and 1020 launch price is Rs 46990 ($760). I ended up buying Sony ZL for $400 which is better speced phone than 925 (sure android, but i can live it with it). No wonder Samsung / Sony are killing Lumia in India. They need to realize their competition and market realities here. I am hugely disappointed in Nokia.

Those prices are about the same in Europe though.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:51

Nokia provides good features for the money though, and in good quality. Cameras are really great. Samsung is the king of price among the MNCs. Though it has now found a big competitor in MICROMAX which sells similar spec'd phones at half the price. As India is a highly price sensitive market as phones sell unlocked, it is the price over anything else that determines sales.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:09

being such a huge market and not so many people can afford such high prices, makes me wonder that Apple is protecting their brand by not undervaluing their phones; then again i thought the purpose of the 5C model was to introduce ios to the masses at a low value...



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:13

Looks the same as the Australian prices too. What's the big shock?

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:14

the purpose of the 5C model was to introduce ios to the masses at a low value...


Low value...[lost in thought]

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:26

Low value...[lost in thought]

:)

i was wondering why the 5C had such a high price when it's considered a budget iphone designed to the masses, it's weird.

what are the carrier locked prices in there?



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:37

:)

i was wondering why the 5C had such a high price when it's considered a budget iphone designed to the masses, it's weird.

what are the carrier locked prices in there?

 

Carrires don't exist in India as call prices are ultra cheap here, and people like me do not need to spend more than INR 150-180 (US$ 2.5-3) per month.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:37

If Iphone prices are bizaare, Nokia is not far behind with Lumia strategy. 925 launch price was Rs 33900 ($550) and 1020 launch price is Rs 46990 ($760). I ended up buying Sony ZL for $400 which is better speced phone than 925 (sure android, but i can live it with it). No wonder Samsung / Sony are killing Lumia in India. They need to realize their competition and market realities here. I am hugely disappointed in Nokia.

 

 

The Lumia strategy is to give you an extremely low cost and very functional Lumia 520. You'll have to look pretty hard to find a better deal.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:43

I was a user of iPhones since 1st model. I purchased till 4s every year. But paying 70000 rupees ($1100) every year is plain dumb. And that to for a mediocre 4" screen?

I went with Note 2 and I do not regret it.
16 or 32 gb does not cut it for me.

But apple knows that filthy rich people in India will still buy it. It is considered as a "Status Symbol".

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 08:15

The Lumia strategy is to give you an extremely low cost and very functional Lumia 520. You'll have to look pretty hard to find a better deal.

Why would anyone buy a 520 when full speced phones are available on android for slightly more (even though they are from Indian Manufacturers but have good reviews and satisfied owners)? The realities of Indian market are vastly different from US and Nokia / Apple don't give themselves a fair chance to penetrate in the middle / upper middle class segments where Samsung / Sony have a strong hold now because of their (Nokia/Apple) apathy.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 09:03

Why would anyone buy a 520 when full speced phones are available on android for slightly more (even though they are from Indian Manufacturers but have good reviews and satisfied owners)? The realities of Indian market are vastly different from US and Nokia / Apple don't give themselves a fair chance to penetrate in the middle / upper middle class segments where Samsung / Sony have a strong hold now because of their (Nokia/Apple) apathy.

People buy a Nokia because it provides a good balance of features, price and quality. The cheap Androids by local manufacturers do not have a good support bundled. If your phone has developed an issue it is better you throw it and buy a new one than waiting for months (yes, MONTHS)for the service centers to repair the phone, without developing any new issue(my own experience- speaker developed a problem in the phone, got it back after repair in 3 weeks and discovered the battery connectors were fried. Waited a month to get a replacement- got a refurb whose SIM slot wasn't working. Still waiting for a new phone) These phones do sell as they are cheap, and also there are not many quality alternatives except the Lumias as Samsung never succeeded in the sub-10000 market.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 09:10

Why would anyone buy a 520 when full speced phones are available on android for slightly more (even though they are from Indian Manufacturers but have good reviews and satisfied owners)? The realities of Indian market are vastly different from US and Nokia / Apple don't give themselves a fair chance to penetrate in the middle / upper middle class segments where Samsung / Sony have a strong hold now because of their (Nokia/Apple) apathy.


Those full "specked" phones have a couple of issues

1. The screens are horrible bad colors and contrast
2. Android with no hardware optimization. Runs like crap.

Bonus 3. Horrible horrible horrible cameras.

So sure, they're fully specked, but... Not really. I'd take a 520 or 625 over any cheap full specked android or mid range android device. And I'd take a. 925 or 1020 over any high end android.