Nachiket 'therapist' Mhatre, May 23, 2011 2223 hrs IST
May release this weekend; carrier-locked version will reportedly be cheaper than the unlocked one.
Last week we had picked up rumours hinting that the iPhone 4 will release within this week. In addition to a relatively early Indian debut, it was also rumoured to be launched unlocked and untethered to any carrier. Apple India, as expected, refused to confirm or deny this development. The rumour mills are in overdrive, as we now have come across specific dates and pricing for the release.
The latest word out there is that Apple's flagship phone will be sold in both locked as well as unlocked variants. A version of the iPhone 4 locked to Aircel and Airtel is expected to be priced lower than the factory unlocked version. We have been told that the release date will be around the 28th. The unlocked phones will reportedly be priced at Rs 37,500 for the 16 GB version, while the 32 GB will cost over Rs 40,000. No idea yet on how cheaper the carrier-locked phones will be.