The Cupertino giant has been making a lot of efforts to come to deal with the government to see refurbished iPhones in India. Tim Cook was on the India visit last week to address the discussions, but that did not have much of an impact with the Indian government formally announcing today that it has rejected Apple’s proposal.
India’s commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference today:
We are not in favour of any company selling used phones in the company, however certified they may be.
Though it earlier seemed like Apple would be goven a go-ahead with the exemption from the compulsory local sourcing norms, the same has also now been rejected by the government. Sitharaman also added:
We took a line that we would not mind waiving the 30% local sourcing norm for Apple. Now, the finance ministry has taken a different position. We will examine the matter in consultation with the finance ministry.
Apple has been pushing towards the selling of refurbished iPhones in India as that would give the company a great boost in sales as the units are sold at a lower price. The pricing of the iPhones in India has been considerably high as compared to that in the U.S. retail stores and hence the thought of selling refurbished ones in India.