Apple seeking permission from Indian government to sell refurbished iPhones in the country

It is no secret that Apple is working feverishly to get more iPhones into customers’ hands in India and one of the ways to accomplish this goal will be selling used handsets in the populous country, according to a new report from The Times of India on Friday.

This piece of news was revealed by telecom minster Ravi Shankar Prasad while replying to a question asked to him on whether any company has sought permission from the Indian government to sell refurbished smartphones in the country.

“An application from Apple regarding import of certified pre-owned iPhones for sale in India and manufacturing certified pre-owned iPhones for sale in India has been received in the ministry of environment and forests,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, adding that the Indian government has not taken any decision on the matter.

Apple recently removed the iPhone 4s and 5c from sale in India and has filed an application seeking permits to build and operate its own retail stores there, in addition to bringing 500 ‘Authorized Mobility Resellers’ locations to twelve Indian cities.

And if that goes well, Apple might replicate the experiment in its other markets, giving cash-strapped fans even more ways to buy the iPhone. iPhone sales in India grew 76 percent lat year and 38 percent in the holiday quarter so it’s not surprising to see Apple continuing to invest in India in the long-term.

Apple’s sales in India topped $1 billion for the first time in the year ended March 2015. With population of 1.25 billion people, India is the world’s third market for smartphones and the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world.

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