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August 22, a date to remember

With Airtel and Vodafone bringing the Apple iPhone 3G to Delhi on August 22, there has been no stopping tech geeks who have been awaiting this mean machine to legally reach the shores, reports Monicca Adlakha.

delhi Updated: Aug 20, 2008 00:35 IST
Monicca Adlakha

With Bharti Airtel and Vodafone bringing the Apple iPhone 3G to Delhi on August 22, there has been no stopping tech geeks who have been awaiting this mean machine to legally reach the shores.

Franchise holders, however, have been given strict instructions not to reveal the prices, or divulge any details on the contract.

Ankit Nagpal, a DU fresher, who has been religiously going to the temple for two months, couldn’t be more glad.

He says, “Since I could not arrange it from abroad, I had no option but to pray to God. I have saved my pocket money and will be queuing outside the outlet at Cinderella hour. It would be great if I could get my hands on the first one.”

He’ll be there with five of his group mates, who also plan to buy iPhones.

Shelly Kumar, an HR executive, has even postponed her honeymoon for the same. “That was supposed to be my wedding gift, but as the dates kept on shifting, I couldn’t buy it. Now that it is here, I don’t want to miss it for anything.”

Talking about the buzz in the city, Sushil Jha, who works at a mobile store in east Delhi says, “Pehle to sirf 3-4 log aate the, (at first only 3-4 people would come) but now the number has gone way ahead.”

Ask him will 3G not functional in India hamper the sales and he says, “Not too many people are aware what 3G means, and those who do are not really bothered.”

Akshay Sahani, Sr Manager, IT, Information Technology, MGF Megacity Mall adds, “We have been getting enquiries January onwards, but July and August have seen major turnout, with as many as 50 enquiries a day. From price to colour to 3G to the date, everything about the iPhone has been the centre of enquiry.”

“It will be launched on August 22 at midnight, but we can’t share the prices right now. The missing 3G component should not worry people as it’s just a matter of 2-3 months before things get sorted, as it is already in the process,” he adds.

The 8GB phone will be available in white colour, while the 16GB one will be available in black and white model.