Apple has silently introduced the international warranty facility for its phones in India.
People who have bought iPhones in the US or any other country outside India will receive warranty privileges in India, reports the Hindustan Times.
However, the warranty is only for iPhones that are factory unlocked.
In various markets, Apple sells phones in partnerships with network providers. The deals usually mean the phones are available for a low initial cost but buyers commit to stay with the provider for a fixed period.
People often buy phones abroad using such plans and force an unlock, which enables the devices to be used in India. Such devices will not be eligible for the international warranty.
A lot of people hesitate in buying imported iPhones because of warranty concerns. While the new facility is going to delight a lot of Apple enthusiasts, it may also encourage people to buy iPhones from the grey market, said the Hindustan Times.
“The international warranty facility will encourage people to buy the iPhones from abroad. But as far as the grey market go, people may no longer hesitate in exploring this option. Warranty was one of the key concerns for buyers when purchasing a device from such places. However, the facility is unlikely to impact Apple’s mass sales in India,” said Parv Sharma, analyst at CounterPoint Research.