A cursory look through the FAQ at Airtel shows up these details.
- The iPhone 3Gs will be available at Airtel dealers from 26th March.
- No exchange offer with old phones or old iPhones
- The warranty link on the Airtel iPhone 3Gs is linked to Apple's warranty page. So its Apple's warranty for the iPhone 3Gs in India.
- Prices (before taxes are)
- iPhone 3G 8 GB (Black) for Rs 29,500
- iPhone 3GS 16 GB (White & Black) for Rs 35,500
- iPhone 3GS 32 GB (White & Black) for Rs 41,500
- You can use any airtel SIM with the iPhone 3Gs
- But you cannot use the iPhone 3Gs with another service provider
After I wrote this piece, my good friend Prabhat Garg at Autsun wrote and informed me that the iPhone 3Gs is also available at autsun.com.
From Autsun in India...
iPhone 3Gs 16 Gb
iPhone 3Gs 32 Gb
Shipping is free anywhere in India.
What this means is that wherever you buy your iPhone 3Gs in India, it will work if you pop in your Airtel or Vodafone SIM. The one from autsun.com will work with any Airtel SIM.
SIMs from other service providers may not work by just inserting them. You may need to do some work to make them work.