iPhone 4S Comes to Albania & Armenia but Not India

Most of our readers would not be able to locate Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Montenegro or Malta on the map.

Yet, these countries will soon get Apple’s new iPhone 4S.

But India, Incredible India draws a blank.

India is clearly not on Apple’s list of priority countries for product launches.

Be it the latest model iPhone or the newest iPad tablet, India always seems to come last for Apple.

Is it because historically Apple products have never had a big market in India.

Well, we can’t imagine Albania and Bulgaria and Armenia being big markets either.

IPhone 4S Comes to Albania & Armenia but Not India

On November 11, iPhone 4S will make landfall in Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania and South Korea taking to 44 the number of countries where Apple’s hot new phone will be available.

By the end of this year, Apple expects to offer the iPhone 4S in over 70 countries. It’s not known if India will be one of those countries.

8 Responses to "iPhone 4S Comes to Albania & Armenia but Not India"

  1. Aswin_Kini   November 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    “By the end of this year, Apple expects to offer the iPhone 4S in over 70 countries. It’s not known if India will be one of those countries.”

    Steve Jobs and Apple HATE INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is absolutely no doubt it. And the reason is NOT that India doesn’t have too many takers, but rather APPLE deliberately wants to avoid the Indian Market for some reason known only to them.

    Maybe it had something to do with Steve Jobs visit to India during his late teens or early 20s. As they say “First impression is the best impression”, Steve Jobs left India with an everlasting BAD impression that perhaps had a significant say in the market. I don’t blame him for it either. But APPLE is losing a few million dollars because India has some pretty filthy brats who can easily afford 2-3 iPads per person………

    Hey, what the heck. APPLE DOES NOT NEED INDIA and INDIA CERTAINLY DOESN’T NEED APPLE. As long as the equations change, the situation will be the same. India will continue to be the orphaned market for Apple. So much for Indians and their love for apple products.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    True, a growing section of Indians can afford latest iPhone/iPad etc.

    We know Indians buying/planning to buy these unlocked iPhone 4/4S in Dubai.

    People tell us they can’t even buy stuff from the iTunes store in India with their Indian credit cards. Not sure how true this is.

    It would make sense for Apple to aggressively push into the Indian market. But if they’re not, perhaps they (Apple) knows something we don’t.

  2. Aswin_Kini   November 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Interesting link.

  3. gandhiji   November 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I haven’t got my 4s yet (fooking 1 month wait).. but would love to see an article about your most favorite apps.. to help me get jump-started once I get it. ATT gave me a cute little Android phone for the second line, it is free and doesn’t require a data plan. Totally awesome.. as I haven’t experienced any smart phone till now, I am awestruck. Did I mention it was free and doesn’t require a data plan.

    I am unclear about the data plan thing.. I am getting conflicting answers.. After your 2-year contract, if you plan to use the same old iPhone, are you still required to have a mandatory data plan(Ideally one should have it to use all the features, but in case we have an incredible bout of cheaponess – can we get rid of the data plan altogether), or can we switch off “cellular data” and use wifi wherever it is available and don’t worry about being charged for a data plan?.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: would love to see an article about your most favorite apps.

    Some of the apps we use on the iPhone 4 – Times of India, Weather, WordPress (of course), iSwissTool (paid app that has flashlight, conversion tool etc), Flixster, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Camera+ (paid app for photo editing & e-mailing), IBNLive, Amazon.com, Twitter, Facebook, Chess (from MasterSoft), Skype, iBooks, World Clock, Kindle, NYT, Speed Test, Best Buy, IMDB, Groupon, LivingSocial, ScoutMob etc.

    There must be over half a million iPhone apps, a virtual cornucopia.

    But since we got the iPad 2, we don’t use the iPhone apps much unless we’re traveling or on the road or in places where they don’t have free WiFi.

    2. As best as we can tell, you need a data plan with iPhone.

    BTW, there are reports of serious battery issues with 4S. You might want to check TechCrunch for the story.

    3. We have never used an Android phone except a few minutes at Best Buy/Verizon stores. Not impressed so far. iPhone user experience is smoother….combines music, music buying, video buying, phone, streaming, apps etc neatly.

    • gandhiji   November 2, 2011 at 10:53 am


      I asked a ATT support person if I can use the iPhone as wifi-only phone after the 2-year contract.. he said yes.. Not sure if he understood me right.. but most of the articles on the web suggest otherwise. 2 years very is very far away.. So I’ll worry about it at that time.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Ideally, get an iPod touch or iPad and a Tracfone!

      Seriously. Unless, you’ve already signed the 2-yr contract.

      • gandhiji   November 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        I had to have an iPhone.. πŸ™‚

        Got it today.. sooner than expected.. Getting frustrated with the keyboard.. How are people texting using this thing! But the response to touch is about 1000 times better than my free phone.. but hey, that has a better keyboard.

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        So, how does Siri respond to a Velayudham accent?

        • gandhiji   November 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

          I asked her to Fuck Off twice – Once she said, “Sorry, I was just trying to help” and other other time she said “What did I do to deserve that” .. Overall not bad.. I asked her to search for Tamil Movies.. she understood it right, but only searched for “movies”, while putting a squiggly under Tamil.. I said “what the fuck”.. and she replied “Your language”.

          BTW, the clarity of my speech is pretty good for a desi (if I may say so myself)

          Most desis tend to speak too fast – I don’t..

          SearchIndia.com Responds:

          You write: I asked her to Fuck Off twice – Once she said, “Sorry, I was just trying to help” and other other time she said “What did I do to deserve that” ..

          Next time, try Bend Over, Bitch.

          Who knows! She might do something surprising! πŸ˜‰

          • gandhiji   November 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

            “I’d blush if I could”, “I’ll pretend that I didn’t hear that” were the responses for the two times I tried…

            “Let’s make a baby” got “I found 4 baby stores not far from you”

            SearchIndia.com Responds:

            Thank you, Sweetie!

            Maybe, we’ll have to wait for iPhone 5 for Siri to really bend over. πŸ˜‰

    • gandhiji   November 18, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Fucking AT&T did a bait-n-switch – my cute little Android phone was slapped with the data plan, even though they had let me buy it without the data plan and I had turned cellular data off. So I switched it with a better phone (still free, but on-contract) – a Samsung Captivate. To be frank, I am loving it.. Granted, the touch response is better on the iPhone, but the Captivate let’s me give more freedom.. not sure if a jailbreak (are you planning to jailbreak.. as it “legal” now – I don’t want “brick” my 199$ phone) will free the iPhone to compete with the coolness of an Android, but right now it seems too rigid for customizations..

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      No, we haven’t installed any non-AppStore, unsanctioned apps on the phone or tablet.

      Makes no sense when there are countless applications covering every possible requirement.

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