iPhone 5s 16GB priced at Rs. 53,500, iPhone 5c at Rs. 41,900 in India

The India pricing for Apple’s latest iPhones has been revealed. The devices will hit store shelves on October 25, just in time for the holiday shopping.

iPhone 5s 16GB priced at Rs. 53,500, iPhone 5c at Rs. 41,900 in India

iPhone 5s 16GB priced at Rs. 53,500, iPhone 5c at Rs. 41,900 in India

Apple’s flagship smartphones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c will launch in India on October 25. The iPhone 5s is priced at Rs. 53,500 for the 16GB model, Rs. 62,500 for the 32GB model and Rs 71,500 for the 64GB model. The iPhone 5c is priced at Rs. 41,900 for the 16GB model and Rs. 53,500 for the 32GB model. The two smartphones will be available contract free in India but will also be sold by Airtel and R Com. Both the service providers claim that they will offer attractive data and talk plans with the two devices.

Apple had earlier revealed that the iPhones would launch in India along with other countries on November 1. The smartphones are launching five days earlier than announced.

The iPhone 5s is the flagship of the two devices. The hardware powering the smartphone has been upgraded when compared to the previous generation along with the camera, flash and a new finger print scanner. The smartphone is available in three colours – white, black and gold.

The iPhone 5s brings with it a slew of features, some, which we appreciate, and some, which we don’t.

The iPhone 5c on the other hand is available in a number of colours and “c” in the name doesn’t stand for cheap but Colour. The device has the same internal specifications as the iPhone 5, which has been discontinued by Apple. The 5c is a heavier and thicker smartphone than the iPhone 5 and 5s.

The iPhone has seen a number of changes since it was first launched back in 2007. You can take a look atthe evolution of the iPhone to see how much the smartphone has changed from its first iteration over the years.

Vodafone to sell its stake in Airtel to comply with new DoT rules

New telecom rules require Vodafone to sell its indirect 4.4 percent stake, worth $1 billion, in Bharti Airtel.

Vodafone to sell its stake in Airtel to comply with new DoT rules

Vodafone to sell its stake in Airtel to comply with new DoT rules

Vodafone may be the first telecom player to bear the brunt of the new telecom licence rules that prohibit the operators/players from holding beneficial interest in rivals operating in the same service areas. According to reports, the telecom giant will have to offload its indirect 4.4 percent stake, worth $ 1 billion, in Bharti Airtel.

“In the event of holding/obtaining Access spectrum, no licensee or its promoter(s) directly or indirectly shall have any beneficial interest in another licensee company holding ‘Access Spectrum’ in the same service area,” say the new Unified Licence (UL) rules announced by the Department of Telecommunications.

It’s notable Vodafone and Airtel provide operate in all the circles via Unified Access Service Licence (UASL) licence. The licence allows telcos to hold stake up to 9.9 per cent in other firms. But the new rules make it compulsory for the telecom service providers operating previous licences to switch to new licences after their permits are expired and sell stakes in any competitor, within a year of getting the UL.

Vodafone’s permit for Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai are set to expire in the last quarter of 2014. Airtel’s two permits in Delhi and Kolkata are slated to expire in November 2014. While Vodafone’s Madhya Pradesh permit is valid till 2027, some of Airtel’s licences are valid till 2024.

You can read/download the License Agreement for Unified License here.

Source: Economic Times