Sorry, India, no refurb iPhones for you

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The government of India has rejected Apple’s proposal to sell refurbished iPhones in the country. However, it is considering the application Apple submitted, seeking a waiver of the mandatory local sourcing rule to open its retail stores.

“We would not be in favor of whatever you may call them — used but refashioned, remodeled, updated… used goods,” commerce and industry minister, Nirmala Sitharaman said.

That being said, Sitharaman stated it could look at relaxing the 30% local sourcing norm required for all foreign single brand retails stores in India for Apple.

Last week, the finance ministry’s foreign investment promotion board had opposed such a move, asking Apple to comply to the rule of selling at least 30% of domestically-soured products, if it wanted to open shop in India. Apple’s request was refused after it did not provide any evidence to support its claim of being a “state of the art” technology product. The two bodies of the finance ministry are expected to consult on the matter before coming to a final decision.

Apple has been pushing for cheaper iPhones that are refurbished and opening branded retail stores in India in order to increase brand presence and awareness in one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets.

Source: Mashable

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