Vodafone, Iphone and Swine Flu

by Ritwik on August 12, 2009

apple iphone

Apple Iphone

I love the Apple Iphone. It is a device high on ease of use, features and style. It perfectly blends great looks with usability.

I have always wanted to own one of these beautiful devices. Now, after much cajoling and coaxing, I am in a position to buy an iphone and attain digital nirvana.

The problem: my present phone [a very battered Nokia] has all but died and I need to find a new cell phone soon. The latest model of the Iphone, the 3GS [S stands for speed] hasn’t been launched in India yet. The 3GS adds a lot of nifty features to what is an already great device.

Why exactly the 3GS is not in India escapes me, considering this is the second largest cell phone market in the world. Still, Apple has been hinting that the latest and greatest Iphone will hit these shores sometime this month.

You wouldn’t think so, given that their is zero publicity for the device, from either Airtel or Vodafone – the two companies which are allowed to sell Iphones in India.

Given that I (urgently) need to buy a new phone, and I want that phone to be an Iphone, I have two options – either buy the model currently available in the market [and run the risk of being outdated within a matter of days] or wait for a few more days and buy the 3GS as soon it hits the Indian market.

Having decided on option 2, I have been scouring the web for any news related to the imminent arrival of the 3GS. The Airtel and Vodafone websites have zilch. Apple promotes the 3GS on its India site but doesn’t talk of a release date. The web has failed me as a source of credible information.

Worry not, I tell myself, and start working the phones. “We don’t sell Iphones in India – contact vodafone or airtel”, the Apple dealer in Delhi informs me [somewhat rudely]. I get similarly pleas of ignorance from the two service providers.

Finally, I drag myself down to the large Vodafone store in CP.

Me: I wish to make inquiries about the Iphone

Clerk [must be some kind of “executive”]: keval inquiries, ya khareedna chahtein hain ? [do you just want to inquire, or are you interested in buying?]

Me: khareedna hai [I want to buy]

C: I have only 16 GB model available.

Me: 3GS ? (hopefully)

C: no, 3G

Me: When would 3GS be available ?

C: No idea.

Me: You have absolutely no clue ?

C: None (rudely)

Me: Look here, my phone is broken, I want to give you 30000 bucks for a new phone, the least you can do is share with me any information you might have on the iphone

C: It might take 3 months

Me: but apple has said it will come in august!

C: 3 months. You buy 3G

Me: What if I buy it and then next day 3GS becomes available, I would be wasting my money.

C: In any case, I sell blackberries [produces different blackberry models for my perusal]

Me: let’s see [halfheartedly, after all I had not gone to buy a bloody blackberry]

C: Iphone data transfer plans from Vodafone are very expensive (!!). You should go for blackberry

At this point, a terrible thing happens [even worse than not getting an Iphone] – the man sneezes. thrice. without the use of a handkerchief.

Needless to say, I beat a hasty retreat from the store.

Getting home, I pounced upon a bunch of Tulsi leaves – traditional wisdom suggests that tulsi is a miraculous remedy for all kinds of influenza. Well, I’d  choose tulsi over tamiflu anyday!


as a matter of fact, you should protect yourself against phone-iphone-3g and 6 g flu as well.

by purushottam on August 12, 2009 at 10:25 am. #

Traditional suppositions/wisdom in the form of swallowing tulsi leaves must be invariably used as a shield in the exant situation soaked with panic emanating from all kinds of fatal influenza. Similarly, scientific prowess should be applied before attainment/procurement of any scientific equipment in view of its utilization in imminent technological development.

by Bhupendra on August 12, 2009 at 4:40 pm. #

HAHAHAHA! thanks for acting upon my request so soon!

by Neelakshi on August 12, 2009 at 10:47 pm. #

this is absolute nonsense. You should boycott the iphone, don’t buy it. Just because the world over people think it to be the be all and end all of digital communication apple and subsequently vodafone and airtel think that they can hold consumers hostage and treat them like dirt.

by Raghuvir Dass on August 13, 2009 at 7:59 pm. #

Raghuvir, my friend, I agree with you regarding poor customer care from Apple and Vodafone. I’ve emailed Apple; let’s see what they have to say.

by Ritwik Agrawal on August 13, 2009 at 9:55 pm. #

then, what is this: http://www.vodafone.in/existingusers/products/pages/iphone3g_del.aspx?cid=del

and this: http://www.airtel.in/iphone3g/getready.html

“Q: I have seen display of iPhone3G at some of the Airtel Stores? How can I book it?
You can send an SMS with keyword “iPhone3G” to 54321 or visit http://www.airtel.in/iPhone3g to book.”

by Aaditya on August 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm. #

Caesar, read: I want an Iphone 3GS [notice the S]. Not an Iphone 3G. Look here for the differences between the two:


by Ritwik Agrawal on August 18, 2009 at 1:17 am. #

unrealted: http://www.wolframalpha.com

by Aaditya on August 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm. #

Patience my friend.

The 3GS does not yet have a release date for India, as no agreement between Apple and Airtel/Vodafone has been reached in terms of the release of the new device.

And once an agreement is reached, I’m sure they won’t tell the snotty CP vendor before you find out online.

by Sky on August 23, 2009 at 7:23 pm. #


by himanshu on April 13, 2011 at 11:39 pm. #

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