Apple India Now Supports International Warranty for iPhones along with Macs and iPads
People in India often tend to buy the iPhone at a lower price from the US or other countries. It is a lucrative option because the prices are substantially lesser and at times you can get your handset for less than 20 to 25% than the Indian price. However, it hasn’t been the wisest move, and not many people wanted to do it. Instead, they would end up paying the “premium price” to buy the iPhone in India. iPhone, unlike iPads or Macs, wasn’t covered under the international warranty. So, in case, if something were to happen to your phone, Apple support India wouldn’t repair or replace the device if it is bought from another country. In spite of your phone being covered under the one year warranty period, it would only be valid in the country you bought your phone at.
Recently Apple has announced that they will offer the one-year international warranty on unlocked iPhones that have been purchased from the US. So, now you can avail the benefits of the warranty for the iPhone that you buy from anywhere in the world and Apple support India is obliged to repair or replace the device if required. However, the catch is that the international warranty is limited only to the iPhones that are factory unlocked and not carrier-locked iPhones.
Most countries sell the iPhones in two ways- one is by selling it at its full price and the other by letting the buyers getting it on a contract with the cellular service provider. The carrier contracts lasts for 2 years and you don’t have to pay the cost for the iPhone instead the cost of the phone is divided into monthly EMIs and added to your cellular plan amount. In such arrangements, the iPhone you purchased is locked with the carrier until you pay off your EMIs. Hence, if you buy a carrier locked phone from another country Apple support in India will not cover it under warranty.
However, if you have bought the iPhone from another country by paying full price, they would be factory unlocked phones. These phones aren’t tied to any carrier, and you are free to use it with cellular service providers of whichever country you reside. A factory unlocked iPhone will get 100% warranty from Apple support in India.
The international warranty will prove to be useful to Indians who are planning to buy the latest iPhone X model from outside India where they can find it for cheaper rates. The iPhone X starts at $999 (Rs. 65,000 approx + taxes) in the US for the 64GB version while the same model will come to Rs. 89,000 in India. There is a huge price gap even with taxes charged in the US. The 256GB model of iPhone X will be priced at Rs. 102,000 in India. The pre-orders of the iPhone X has begun from October 27th and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus has already been in the market for the last week of September just before the festive season. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus costs $699 and $799 in the US respectively. Compared to that iPhone 8 cost Rs. 64,000 (64GB) in India and Rs. 77,000 (256GB); iPhone 8 Plus would cost Rs 77,000 for the 64Gb and Rs.86, 000 for the 256GB. This price is much higher in India than in the US.
Now, not everyone has the option to buy the iPhone from outside India where they will get it for a cheaper rate. But if you do have the option to get an iPhone from the US or another country, you shouldn’t give up on the opportunity because as you can see, the difference in the prices is massive. Prices of the iPhones in India are third highest in the globe with Italy selling it for the highest price. You’ll get to buy the iPhone X for at least Rs. 25, 000 lesser in the US for the same device. That is more than 25% in savings.
This change in the warranty policy by Apple support in India has come as a big surprise. The company has been pushing the sales in India for a while now, and with this move, their sales target may get impacted. However, if you look at it from Apple’s point of view, you’ll realize that it is a smart move because not everyone can make use of this opportunity to the fullest. In the end, it is going to play out both in favor of the marketer and the consumer.