The Indian government has rejected Apple’s request to import and sell refurbished iPhones in the country. This is the second time in as many years that the government has turned down the Cupertino’s company request to sell refurbished products .
Apple already sells refurbished iPhones, MacBooks and other devices in the United States and other key markets of the world through its online store.
Selling refurbished iPhones would have allowed Apple to better cater to the price conscious Indian smartphone market. Refurbished iPhones are nothing but second hand iPhones that have been certified by Apple after its rigorous testing and quality checks. Where needed, the company replaces the battery of the phone if its capacity has deteriorated to less 80 percent.
The Indian government’s decision was likely influenced by companies like Samsung, Micromax and other OEMs, who had opposed Apple’s move and said that it goes against the ‘Make In India’ campaign of the government.
Apple was recently granted permission from the Indian government to set up its own retail stores in the country.
The recently launched iPhone SE had met with a lukewarm response in India due to its high price. The handset, however, has been reportedly selling well in China where its has managed to affect sales of local players like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo.[Via Bloomberg]