If you thought it was expensive to buy an iPhone before now, you’re in for a rude surprise.
A few days ago, the government announced it’s hiking import taxes on mobile phones in India, among other electronics, to promote the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Now, the effect of that is trickling down to you. Because of the hike, every model of the iPhone is going to cost more, except for the two variants of the iPhone SE, which is assembled in India
The 32GB iPhone 6 price has risen by Rs 1,280 to a new price of Rs 30,780 and the 32GB iPhone 7 has risen by Rs 1,810 to become Rs 50,810. The 64GB iPhone 8 has risen from Rs 64,000 to Rs 66,120, and finally the iPhone X 64GB, which used to be available for Rs 89,000, now costs Rs 92,430.
Of course, this is the maximum retail price of all these smartphones, though you’re likely to find them priced at a lower amount at online and offline retailers, with the various discounts and exchange policies. However, Apple currently imports around 88 percent of the smartphones sold in India, so it’s going to be a while before we see those prices going down a significant amount.