Airtel is offering customers iPhone 7 at a down payment of Rs. 7,777 under a new plan it has launched. The offer is exclusively available via the telecom operator's new Online Store. On top of the down payment, Airtel requires customers to subscribe to its new Rs. 2,499 postpaid plan for 24 months to get their hands on iPhone 7 32GB. With this plan, the buyer would get 30GB data per month, handset damage protection, unlimited calls, and one free connection for a family member. The Apple iPhone 7 32GB retails for around Rs. 40,000 online these days.
So in total, an iPhone 7 buyer would end up paying a total of Rs. 59,976, plus the applicable taxes, in form of the installments. Add to this the Rs. 7,777 down payment, and you end up paying close to Rs. 70,000 for the handset over the two-year period.
For the iPhone 7 128GB, iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, and iPhone 7 Plus 128GB, the down payment is Rs. 16,300, Rs. 17,300, and Rs. 26,000, respectively. Of course, the Rs. 2,499 postpaid subscription for two years is applicable with these handsets as well.
Airtel has partnered with Apple, HDFC Bank, Clix Capital, Seynse Technologies, Brightstar Telecommunications, and Vulcan Express to enable offers on its Online Store. The company says that the new Online Store services will be currently available to customers in 21 cities across India, and will be expanded to other cities and towns soon.
Announcing the new Online Store, Harmeen Mehta, Global CIO and Director, Engineering, Bharti Airtel said, "Imagine getting your dream device, instant credit to purchase it and a great plan to go with it, all available in one place with a few clicks. All this is a product of some cutting-edge digital engineering by the in-house teams at Airtel. We would also like to thank our partners for integrating their APIs seamlessly with our platform to enable a great customer experience."
Jio also has a partnership with Apple, under which it sells the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with 70 percent buyback guarantee to customers who choose to return the handset within a year. However, they will have to pay the full price of the iPhone 8 models under this offer.