The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were launched in India a day before yesterday. A month after its global launch, Apple had made iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus available in India via authorised resellers. Apple fanboys lined in front of Apple’s retail stores in India to get their hands on the latest iPhones. While some got lucky, a few couldn’t get their hands on the device, due to the shortage of units. Phone 7 series handsets were sold out within minutes of its launch as people queued authorised stores long before for the launch time for their share of the Apple tech.
iPhones were also being sold online via big e-commerce sites who had tie-ups with Apple. This launch also caused the market to be flooded with some great incentives. Cashback offers and other such deals were given to make the buying of iphone seem more lucrative!
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now comes in three storage variants – 32GB, 128GB, 256GB and five colour variants. Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in silver, gold and rose gold like year, but there is also two new colours – black and jet black – being introduced for the first time.
Apple iPhone 7 starts at Rs 60,000 while the larger iPhone 7 Plus starts at 72,000 like last year. Apple is offering the Black and Jet Black colour finishes only on the 128GB and 256GB storage models.
Networks like Airtel and Jio too came up with their own offers for the iPhone, while they were both launched along with the iPhone, on closer study we found that the offers were fundamentally different and the perks provided were also diverse.
Free access to Reliance Jio’s services
On purchasing the Apple iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus, Reliance Jio users will get access to the offers under its Rs. 1,499 plan which includes unlimited local, STD, and national roaming calls, unlimited 4G data at night, 20GB of 4G data, unlimited SMS, and a free subscription to Jio’s suite of premium apps.
Additionally, users will also get free 40GB of Wi-Fi data at Jio hotspots. Reliance says that all these offers put together will translate to an amount of Rs. 18,000 for a year.
The offer is not exclusive to the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. In fact, those who purchase the Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE can also avail the above-mentioned offer.
In a statement, Reliance Jio says, “This offer will be available for new iPhone purchases across all Reliance Digital stores and select Apple Premium Resellers (APR) and Apple Authorized Resellers (AAR).”
Apple iPhones are already eligible for Reliance Jio’s ‘Free Welcome Offer’ which gives free data and voice calls till December 31, 2016. After that period, Reliance Jio says iPhone users will be migrated to a 12 month complementary service under company’s Rs 1,499 plan. The plan offers unlimited free local and STD voice calls. The pack gives 20GB 4G data and unlimited data at night.
Today’s announcement brings together India’s best premium 4G network with the incredible iPhone experience,” said Mathew Oommen, President of Jio. “Jio is India’s 4G-only network, providing high-speed internet across India. The true power of iPhones can now be experienced by all Indian iPhone users on the Jio network”.
Jio Enterprise Offer
This is another exclusive offer for professionals, if your company signs up with Jio, you get an additional 25% off on the apple handsets! This news should come as a breather for iPhone fans who wish to buy the phone but are hesitant due to the price. More details on this offer soon.
The Jio-iPhone offer is a result of the collaboration of iPhone and Jio to empower people with data, especially people who are iPhone fanatics and have already spend a bomb on the phone. The iPhone already looks lucrative with these great offers !!
Airtel has come up with it’s own offer that claims a lot of things but fails to deliver on every level. You can only buy the iPhone from any Airtel store which had to be of the newly launched 7 series only. With Airtel, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users can avail 10GB free 4G/3G data per month for one year with any Airtel Infinity Postpaid plan. Airtel says the free data benefit will be over and above the plan benefits.
Airtel lets you pay a fraction of the cost as down payment and then you have to get on any of their plans which are 2000/month for 5GB ; 2500/ 10GB and 3000/15GB.
Once you pick a plan whose validity is of 12 months, you have an option of either continuing with the same handset or exchaging it for a newer handset. If you chose to go with the same handset, you have to make a large balloon payment which is more than the MRP of the phone.
Airtel Infinity Offer: Hidden terms and Conditions
Upon going through the terms and condition, you’ll find that the Airtel has definitely attempted to make the offer better than it actually is. While you are on contract with Bajaj Finance Ltd. via Airtel, you have to pay exorbitant rates for data, where you’d rather pay EMI for phone and get a free Jio SIM. Once you opt to go for a newer iPhone model, the buyback amount too is not clear and you’ve wasted 24-36k on data alone!
The only perk is that you get free unlimited voice calling which is hilarious because as you remember, Airtel termed Jio’s free voice calling offer as “predatory pricing” and complained to TRAI. Airtel clearly needs to do a better job with marketing and branding of its services. Calling offers “unlimited” or “infinite” does not necessarily make it so.
Airtel vs Jio: Which should you opt for?
Reliance Jio is offering 25% discount on new iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus. So, you would be paying Rs 45,000 instead of the retail pricing of Rs 60,000. While calculating the final cost of going with Airtel’s iPhone 7 would cost you Rs 79,978. So, now you decide if you want to go with the costlier option of Airtel or get discounted iPhone 7 from Reliance Jio and get complimentary 15 months Jio Digital services for free. Your choice , choose wisely!