Apple’s push to bring used iPhones to India ignites backlash (mostly from competitors)

Interesting piece from Bloomberg. In a nutshell, Apple is finding that the price of a new iPhone is too high for the Indian economy, so they are seeking permission to sell used iPhones.

“Why even consider allowing import of used phones when import of other used goods such as cars are precluded by 300 percent duty levies?” asked Ravinder Zutshi, chairman of the newly formed Mobile and Communications Council, which issued the letter.

The Mobile and Communications Council seems to be the primary source of backlash. And they are:

The group’s members include the largest Indian phone brands: Micromax, Intex and Samsung.

Clearly, allowing Apple to import refurbished iPhones would allow wider affordability to the Indian public but, at the same time, would pose a serious economic threat to Apple’s rivals.



  • CapnVan

    Indigenization has been a key part of the Indian economy since independence.

    Although, how Samsung plays in there, I dunno. Are they manufacturing there?

  • llahnoraa

    Interesting. Competitors = Status Quo.