Apple’s Plan for Refurbished iPhones Is Rejected in India

Speaking of Apple and India, here’s Saritha Rai, reporting for Bloomberg:

India has rejected Apple Inc.’s request to import and sell refurbished iPhones to the world’s second largest mobile population, a telecommunications ministry official said Tuesday.

The U.S. company’s application has been turned down, the official said, asking to not be identified, citing official policy. Apple has been seeking permission to import and sell used phones to court price-conscious consumers with a similar proposal rejected in 2015 by the environment ministry.

Apple’s new phones are too expensive for most Indians, and they’re not allowed to sell cheaper refurbished iPhones.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016