Apple has tied up with Indian government run mobile operator, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to launch the iPad in the country. The iPad comes to India nine months after it was launched in the US.
Starting January 28, users in India will be able to buy the iPad from an Apple retailer.
The 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi model has been priced at Rs. 27,900 ($610), the 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi model is priced at Rs. 32,900 ($720) and the 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi model is priced at Rs. 37,900 ($830). As for the Wi-Fi+3G versions, these are slightly more expensive with the 16GB model priced at Rs.34,900 ($760), the 32 GB model priced at 39,900 ($853) and the top of the line 64 GB model priced at Rs. 44,900 ($ 983).
BSNL has announced new data plans specially for iPad users. The unlimited data plan is available for Rs.999 ($45). This plan is available in both prepaid and postpaid options. Other prepaid plans include a cheaper one at Rs. 599 ($ 27) for up to 6GB of usage. There is also a daily plan priced at Rs.99 ($2) for unlimited data. All plans are available without a contract.
While it might seem expensive when compared to the prices in US, for example: the 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi+3G is available for $829 in the US), it is apparently a lot cheaper than the iPad available in the grey market. According to some reports, the iPad was available in the grey market for as much as Rs, 70,000 ($1532) when it was initial launched in the US.
Apple recently released a new iPad commercial called “iPad is Iconic”:
If you are from India, please let us know what you think about the pricing and the data plans. More importantly, would you be getting one for yourselves soon?