A month after the global launch, the new iPhones finally went on sale in India on Friday, October 7 at 7pm.
Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were available for pre-order at various physical stores, as well as on e-commerce platforms like Flipkart and Amazon India.
Now, telecom operators like Airtel and Reliance Jio are offering promotions and deals on the new iPhones.
Airtel is selling the iPhone 7 under a one-year contract where you will pay a specific amount as a down payment and then you will have to pay a specific amount every month for the next 12 months. To take advantage of these offers, you will have to opt for Airtel’s Infinity plans.
Here is the offer in detail
For the 32GB variant of the iPhone 7, which costs Rs 59,998, you will have to pay an advance payment of Rs 19,990, after which you will have to pay Rs 1,999/Rs 2,499/ Rs 2,999 per month depending on which Infinity plan you opt for.
For the 128GB and 256GB variants of the iPhone 7, the advance increases to Rs 29,490 and Rs 35,990 respectively. Likewise, the initial payment for iPhone 7 Plus models is Rs 30,792 for the 32GB variant, Rs 37,292 for the 128GB variant and Rs 43,792 for the 256GB variant.
As with the 32GB iPhone 7, the monthly payment depends on which Infinity plan you opt for.
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What are Infinity’s plans?
Rs 1,999: 5GB of 3G/4G data + unlimited local/STD calls
Rs 2,499: 10GB 3G/4G data + unlimited local/STD calls
Rs 2,999: 15GB of 3G/4G data + unlimited local/STD calls
All plans also provide free access to Wynk movies/music.
What happens after a year?
After one year, you can buy the iPhone 7 directly by making a “balloon payment” of Rs 24,000 or return the device to Airtel.
The offer sounds attractive if you want to use the device for a year and then upgrade to the next iPhone or switch to another phone. However, if you plan on keeping it, the total cost will be Rs 80,000.
If you buy iPhone 7 for Rs 60,000 and then use it for a year with a monthly bill of around Rs 1,200, the total cost will be Rs 74,400.
Upgrade to the next iPhone
The icing on the cake is the fact that Airtel will let you upgrade to the next version of the iPhone after your one-year term ends. This is very similar to the upgrade offers offered by carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.
If you don’t want to opt for the Infinity plans, you can buy the iPhone 7/7 Plus directly from Airtel and the company will give new customers 10GB of free 3G/4G data for a period of 12 months.
Source: BGR India