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Updated: October 13, 2010 02:42 IST

Apple in talks for Indian iPhone

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A customer displays an Apple iPhone at an Apple store in Palo Alto, California.
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A customer displays an Apple iPhone at an Apple store in Palo Alto, California.

Apple is holding talks to bring the iPhone to two of India’s biggest mobile phone operators, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Apple’s hit mobile device is currently available in India only through Bharti AirTel and Vodafone, whose cellular systems run on the GSM technology. But Apple is now talking with Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications to introduce the iPhone on their networks, which run on the CDMA technology.

Apple does not currently make CDMA-compatible iPhones, a shortcoming that also prevents it from working with Verizon Wireless, the largest cell phone operator in the US.

The Indian market is recognised as one of the fastest growing markets in the world with an estimated 18 million new users per month. The report said that the talks have been ongoing with the Indian companies for four or five months.

Currently Nokia dominates the Indian smartphone market, selling 1.8 million devices in the first half of the year, representing a 71per cent market share, compared to Apple’s 1 per cent, the report said.

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