Asia Bizz: With the price launch of the much awaited Apple smartphone, the iPhone 4S,  in the Indian market, prospective customers received a major shock when they learned of the price of the new phone. The new iPhone 4S that has been priced at Rs. 44,500, was announced on the official websites of Aircel and Bharti Airtel.

Just a few hours after the price of the iPhone 4S was announced, mobile users and Apple fans severely criticized the extreme pricing of the new phone. All the social networking sites were filled with the messages that the new iPhone 4S has been priced much higher than the US market.

However, many of the online shopping sites like eBay have offered the smartphone at 10 percent discount. The customers who  desired to buy the phone in India have criticized Apple for pricing the handset way higher than that in the US market.

Many customers made comparisons on Social networking sites saying that LED TV sets and one year’s petrol bill was cheaper than the new iPhone 4S. The company was slammed for being unreasonable on the Indian users in terms of the price. But this is not the first time the Apple products have been priced higher than the other markets. Apple’s iPad range also faced similar price problems.