Google Phone G1 (HTC Dream) in India in December

HTC Dream G1, the Android platform-powered phone, known as Google phone, will be launched in India December 2008.

The price, however, will be higher than the US debut tag of around Rs 8,200 ($179). The cost more in India because the Indian mobile market does not work on the handset subsidy model.

Android is a Linux-based operating system for mobile devices that was announced in November last year and developed by the Open Handset Alliance — a group comprising players like Google, HTC, Intel, Motorola and Samsung.

Google recently announced the Android Market, similar to Apple’s App Store, where consumers can buy and download content for its mobile platform.

Considered as competition to Apple’s iPhone, which is priced at Rs 31,000 for the 8GB model, the HTC G1 could be priced cheaper to maintain an edge in India. Currently, HTC has smart-phones in the Indian market priced between Rs 10,000 and Rs 35,000.

Currently India does not have 3G capabilities. Still mobile users might find applications like maps and search useful. HTC India hopes to sell 600,000 mobile devices in 2009, having doubled sales this year from 100,000 in 2007. [via biz standard]

6 Comments

  1. when this htc dream is launching in india…
    wat about its pricing……..
    not found one yet
    or any details in website of htc india..
    if someone have more details about its launcing plz inform..

  2. Demo of the Dream in Bangalore?
    which mall? and 44k, thats ludicrous!!! like santhosh said, @ $400 for the developer’s version, it commercial one would be around the same, throw in some taxes here in india, and the final price ought to be somewhere around 20 – 25k INR

    fingers crossed.

    Update any news here, or at any of our blogs.

  3. hopefully, but I am sure about one thing

    Buying G1 is like buying a small linux lapop (QWERTY Keyboard)

    Buying iPhone is like buying iPod which is also a phone

    After seeing the $399 price tag for developer version, I am sure that its official price is going to be less and affordable.

  4. I have seen the demo of G1 in a shopping mall @ Bangalore. As far as I know its priced around Rs 44k and looks like TV Remote

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