Apple’s plan to import refurbhished iPhones rejected by India

India has categorically rejected a plan proposed by Apple Inc to import used and refurbished smartphones. Regarded as a severe blow to the US-based technology giant, Apple is currently selling refurbished smartphones at a huge discount in countries like China and USA.

According to Apple, their new proposal will boost company revenues and also provide revenue to the government in the form of taxes. Moreover, it will be a great opportunity for customers in India to procure iPhones at a cheap rate instead of shelling out huge amount for a new device.

Commenting on the development, NN Kaul, a spokesman for telecom ministry said that India will never encourage dumping electronic waste since recyled products will contain hazardous materials. Apple declined to provide any comment regarding this matter.

Apple is facing severe problem with the sales of the recently released iPhone SE because of its huge cost. In India, budget users usually buy smartphones priced up to Rs. 15000. However, Apple has priced the iPhone in such a way that people can buy a laptop for this price.

To refresh, Refurbished smartphones are either repaired devices or devices which are returned by customers after purchase. They are factory checked, sealed and packed in the same way as a new smartphone.

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