iPhone 5 came to India on November 2 with much fanfare. Expectations from the phone were at minimum, after earlier iPhone launches in the country having received responses that ranged from tepid at best, to downright hostile, with huge outcry over the pricing.
We sensed the mood was different this time on the opening day itself, when we reported encouraging opening day sales. (See: Apple's iPhone 5 makes strong India debut) Now more reports have confirmed that the iPhone 5 is certainly the best-received iPhone in the country.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal's India Real Time, between 10,000 and 15,000 units were shipped to the country and the entire lot is now sold out. WSJ further adds:
Apple's service-provider partners in India and local mobile phone retailers are hoping fresh stock will be available for sale by the end of the week. In the meantime, they are taking early bookings for the next round of sales.
So far, the iPhone 5 has done much better than earlier iPhone models. Around 200,000 iPhones are expected to be shipped to India by the end of December, said Rachel Lashford, managing director for mobile at Singapore-based research firm Canalys, which closely tracks handset sales. By comparison, between April and June, Apple had shipped fewer than 50,000 earlier iPhone models to India, according to Canalys.