On Friday, Bharti Airtel announced in a concisely worded press release that it had struck a deal with Apple to bring the latest version of Apple's smartphone to India "in the coming months."
A newly updated section of the Airtel Website provides answers to some questions, making it clear that the company will continue to sell the 8GB version of the iPhone 3G in the country alongside the new 8GB and 16GB variants of the iPhone 3GS, which will be available only at the network's own stores.
The iPhone 3GS will remain locked to Airtel's network in India and will be contract-free, enabling customers to use any new or existing Airtel SIM with the device, but there is no exchange offer for existing iPhone 3G users. Airtel has not yet announced the pricing for the device, nor whether it will offer any iPhone-specific service plans. Customers are free to use any applicable plan that Airtel currently offers.
As the only other Indian carrier that has the iPhone--albeit only the older 3G model--Vodafone is expected to announce its own plans to bring the 3GS to the country soon, but there has been no word from them yet.