Apple sees India as its next big market, the company is planning to launch retail stores in the country and it also wanted to sell refurbished iPhones in India.
Last month we heard that Apple had requested permission to import and sell refurbished iPhones in India, this would have allowed the company to offer refurbished devices at a much lower price than its new handsets.
India has now rejected Apple’s request to sell refurbished iPhones, the request was turned down by India’s telecom’s ministry, this is the second time it has been turned down, the first was back in 2015.
Indian smartphone makers had objected to Apple being allowed to import and sell refurbished devices in the country and it appears that these company’s have managed to convince the telecom ministry that allowing Apple to do this would affect their smartphone sales.
It is not clear as yet on whether Apple will appeal the ruling, the company has apparently declined to comment on the ruling by the India telecom’s ministry.
Apple has also requested to open retail stores in India to sell its range of devices to consumers, this has yet to be ruled on, so the company will have to wait a while to find out if India will be its next big market.
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