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Costing as much as $1,000, the iPhone faces sales challenges in India

Buying an Apple device in India isn't odd, but as ZDNet reports, it can be significantly more difficult than it is in the US, Europe or elsewhere. Not only are there no official Apple Stores in the country, but also buying the phones from the merchants who do carry them can be downright bank-breaking.

Wireless operators in the region will be selling the base models of the iPhone 5c and 5s for prices ranging from 40,000 rupees (US$650) to more than 50,000 rupees ($815), with a 64 GB iPhone 5s going for as 71,500 rupees ($1,163). That's significantly more than prices elsewhere, especially considering that the country is well-stocked with devices from competitors like Nokia.

But there may be hope for Indian Apple devotees, as the company is already working on plans to launch official Apple outlets in the country. No word on when these plans will be carried out, but early targets put as many as 200 Apple Stores in India by the end of 2015.

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Not only are there no official Apple Stores in the country, but buying the phones from the merchants who do carry them can be downright bank-breaking.