New Delhi: Telecom operators Aircel and Bharti Airtel on Wednesday said to start the sale of Apple’s iPhone 4 in India from May 27.

"With a robust roll out of Aircel's 3G services in 13 circles across India, the launch of iPhone 4 will allow our consumers to truly savour the 3G experience," Aircel Director Sandip Das said in a statement.

"With our incredible new price plans, we aim to make iPhone more affordable than ever," Das said.

With the roll out of 3G services in the country, the growing sales of smartphones are expected to get a further boost. The 3G services offering high-speed internet access, have already been rolled out by both Aircel and Bharti airtel.

12 million sales during 2011

About 12 million smartphones are expected to be sold in India during 2011, according to a CyberMedia Research study.

Aircel said it will offer customers a range of flexible service plans for both post-paid and pre-paid mobile customers.

A Bharti airtel spokesperson said the company would launch the iPhone 4 on the same day.

Bharti airtel is India's largest mobile phone operator (by subscriber-base) with more than 162 million subscribers, while Aircel has nearly 55 million users.

India second largest for telecom services

India is the world's second-largest market, after China, for telecom services with 811.59 million subscribers at the end of March, 2011.

US-based Apple Inc, the inventors of iPod, iPhones and iPads, launched the iPhone 4 in the US last year, with a starting price of USD 199.

iPhone, the touch screen handset that acquired a cult status in the US and other western countries, was launched for the first time in India in 2008. Following the launch, the new
upgrades have also been introduced in the Indian market.

The iPhone 4 will have a 3.5 inch display with 640 X 960 pixel resolution, two cameras and a 5-megapixel camera with built-in LED flash.