• An Introduction to the Indian Smartphone Market



    Something a little different today... I'm going to highlight a recent feature that Android Central did on India.

    I've not had the pleasure of visiting this part of the world myself, but according to AC's new India correspondent it's now the number two smartphone market in the world, surpassed only by China. There's actually some contention about this; other sources say that India won't snatch the number two spot from the USA for another year or so. The important thing is that the region is seeing a huge amount of growth as more and more of its citizens get connected. It sounds like an exciting place to be!

    As in other parts of the world, Samsung is far and away the number one smartphone OEM. Taking the number two and three spots are Micromax and Intex, both local companies. As you can imagine, Chinese OEMs are licking their chops at the prospect of such a large and still largely-untapped smartphone market. Whereas the locals have experienced 48% year-over-year growth Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei and OnePlus together saw a 97% increase in sales this past year.

    The country's carriers are, in order of market share, airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Reliance and the state-owned BSNL. The bad news is that airtel is currently the only carrier offering 4G data. Also, because India is, well... enormous, there can be dropped calls and other connectivity issues depending on where you are. The good news is that service is incredibly cheap—the equivalent of $3 USD can get you up to 3 GB of data!

    Like I say I've never visited India myself; if you've any wisdom to share about using a smartphone there I'd love to hear about it. And for anyone interested in reading the entire Android Central feature, please see the link immediately below.

    Source: Android Central

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: An Introduction to the Indian Smartphone Market started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. HansCT's Avatar
      HansCT -
      There are some triple SIM Android phones that are very reasonably priced in that market, I am looking for a way to by retail and import half a dozen or so if anyone has any suggestions, the exclusive distributor for them will not deal with overseas buyers directly.
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Triple SIM? Damn.
    1. HansCT's Avatar
      HansCT -
      Using multi- number forwarding service, one sim for free inbound text and talk, second one for reasonably priced normal service outbound, and the third for hotspotting, very cheap per gigabyte or even unlimited data only plans.
    1. HansCT's Avatar
      HansCT -
      I already have a few dumb / feature phones that are triple SIM, but obviously those are not quite as useful
    1. snorlax14's Avatar
      snorlax14 -
      Needed a battery for a Infocus M2 that is sold and serviced in India. But no company in India was willing to sell or ship me the battery. Infocus themselves said I had to visit one of their service centers in person to buy the battery. There must be some export restrictions in place to protect higher priced markets.
    1. xtachx's Avatar
      xtachx -
      Well I was in India last month, what do you want to know about the smartphone market? I can write a small guideline for americans and canadians so they see how the market is a bit different if you would like.
    1. HansCT's Avatar
      HansCT -
      Quote Originally Posted by snorlax14 View Post
      There must be some export restrictions in place to protect higher priced markets.
      just private contractual agreements not governmental legal ones
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