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Apple's Push to Flood India With Used iPhones Ignites Backlash

  • Apple seeks again to import and sell used phones into India
  • The main smartphone makers' body is protesting to government
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Apple Meets Resistance in India Over Used IPhones

Apple Inc.’s latest attempt to crack the Indian smartphone market -- by selling used phones -- is meeting a wall of resistance.

The iPhone maker is seeking permission to become the first company allowed to import and sell used phones into the country, its second attempt in as many years. This time, the stakes are higher and a growing number of industry executives are fighting the move, warning government officials in private that it’ll open the floodgates to electronic waste, jeopardize local players, and make a farce of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India program to encourage local manufacturing.