A report from Times of India claims that Apple has sought permission from the Indian government to sell pre-owned iPhones in India.
This piece of news was revealed by telecom minster Ravi Shankar Prasad while replying to a question asked to him on whether any company has sought permission from the Indian government to sell refurbished smartphones in the country.
“An application from Apple regarding import of certified pre-owned iPhones for sale in India and manufacturing certified pre-owned iPhones for sale in India has been received in the ministry of environment and forests,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
The Indian government has not yet taken any decision on this matter.
India is increasingly becoming a key market for Apple, where the iPhone is considered a status symbol. The company is already on track to open a new campus in Hyderabad, and it has also submitted an application to the DIPP seeking permission to set up its own retail stores in the country.
The much rumored 4-inch iPhone SE is also expected to be targeted towards the Indian and Chinese smartphone markets, where there is a high demand for an iPhone, but not everyone can afford it.
[Via Times of India]