I just read this article that said, its apple who decided what the price would be and not the carriers. Airtel also says that they don’t make any money from the sale of the iphone. All the money they make is from the mobile service they provide for the iphone.
So apple is trying to make all the profit in the sale of the iphone because they will not be getting any cuts from the mobile service providers. Then why go this root, why not just sell it unlocked to all carriers. All would love to put this phone in their stores.
If apple really want any market share in India they have to bring the iphone price below 15000 Rs.