The iPhone X pre-orders will begin after Diwali from October 27. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus bookings kick off next week.
The unexpected move by TC gives hope to India’s older telcos such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, RCom and Tata Teleservices.
Airtel alleged that Jio was exaggerating and distorting figures of India’s older telecom operators, making false claims to mislead authorities.
Communication apps allow users to make calls free or at much lower rates than carriers — mostly the consumer pays only for data consumed — eating into the telcos’ revenue pie.
Jio said that Airtel deliberately ignored its pay-out towards IUC that it recovered from customers — evident from tariffs for off-net calls being at premium to on-net calls.
The Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology offers more clarity on voice through high definition calling, using the same network used for carrying data.
Smartphone makers build up inventory, plan aggressive marketing push during festivities, starting with Diwali, to tap into renewed demand.
Airtel said the actual level of receipts for the market leader on account of IUC, or mobile termination charge, was Rs 7,795 crore, much lower than Jio's claims.
“All our servers are sitting on AWS (Amazon Web Services) in Singapore and US. If AWS moves to India, we would be happy to work with them,” Manu Kumar Jain said.
Several companies are yet to submit their security protocols and allied information to the IT ministry, while firms such as Apple, Samsung, Gionee and HMD have responded to the government’s call.
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