Apple negotiating to sell used iPhones in India after earlier denial

Apple has reopened its request to sell used iPhones in India during its seemingly endless negotiations with the country’s government, Bloomberg reports. India has already rejected Apple’s request to sell the pre-owned devices in their country, but with ongoing negotiations reportedly improving, the company is making a new case for bringing used phones to India to be refurbished. A person familiar with the matter said Apple is claiming it will open the proper facilities in India to ensure that refurbished products are up to local standards, adding the request to a long list of concessions it hopes to win in exchange for bringing manufacturing to the country.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has previously said, “We are not in favor of any company selling used phones in the country, however certified they may be,” but Apple is still pushing to be the first company allowed to import and sell used devices in India. If approved, the move would greatly help Apple compete with other phone makers in a market where most people simply can’t afford Apple’s high-end devices.

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