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.