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Airtel Releases Special Data Plans for iPhone 5

November 05, 2012

Airtel Releases Special Data Plans for iPhone 5

By Shankar Pandiath
TMCnet Contributor

Bharti Airtel (News - Alert) (BHARTIARTL) has managed to strike at the right time. From November 2, 2012 onwards, they plan to offer a range of attractive post-paid plans for iPhone 5 users that will allow customers to connect to its fast HSPA+ and DC-HSPA networks with Wideband Audio.

The iPhone (News - Alert) 5 is priced at around $900 for the 16GB model, $1,000 for the 32GB model and around $1,150 for the 64GB model. TMCnet Web Editor, Allison Boccamazzo had recently reported that although the price difference with other competitors is not much, it signals that resellers are already getting aggressive about Apple (News - Alert) products as well.

The iPhone 5 is considered to be the lightest and thinnest iPhone ever and features an ultra fast wireless technology, while delivering even better battery life; a stunning new 4-inch Retina display and an A6 chip designed by Apple for super-fast performance. The iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features that include Facebook (News - Alert) integration, Shared Photo Streams, all-new Maps app and Passbook organization.

Airtel is set to woo iPhone fans with voice and data plans.

The plans comprised of bundled usage for iPhone 5 users which will include Local calls, Local and National SMS and 3G data usage also providing a flat 50 percent discount on all plans.

 Airtel announced four plans for iPhone 5 users to opt from:

  • $6 and comes with bundled usage of 500 minutes of Local calls, 300 SMSes and 200 MB of 3G data.
  • $10 will offer 900 minutes of Local calls, 400 SMSes and 500 MB of 3G data.
  • $16 will go on to offer 1,400 minutes of Local calls, 500 SMSes, 1.2 GB of 3G.
  • $20 will offer free bundled usage of 1,500 minutes of Local calls, 600 SMSes and 3 GB of 3G data.

In an official launch of iPhone today at Bengaluru, Rohit Malhotra, the chief executive officer of Airtel, Karnataka circle, said that iPhone 5 functions only on a nano-sim card and none of the smartphones across the world use it. He added that Airtel now has a stock of nano-sim cards, which are meant only for the phone. Malhotra went on to add that Airtel was bent on this strategy with intent to enhance data subscribers and there is no revenue sharing between Apple and Airtel.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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