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Apple Said to Revive Efforts to Sell Used iPhones in India

  • Previous proposal to sell used iPhones met heavy resistance
  • Apple said to tell panel it will be able to ensure quality
A man operates a Apple Inc. iPhone at a mobile phone store in this arranged photograph in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The government auction of telecom wireless spectrum starting March 4 is expected to raise as much as $15.6 billion from service providers including those controlled by billionaires Kumar Mangalam Birla, Sunil Mittal and Anil Ambani, according to ICRA Ltd.
Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg
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Apple Inc. has put back on the table a request to sell used iPhones in India as it negotiates with the government for concessions to start production in the country, a person familiar with the matter said.

The company has asked to bring in used iPhones to be refurbished and sold in India, saying it will have the manufacturing infrastructure needed to make them compliant with quality standards, said the person, who asked not to be named as the matter is private. The request is included in a list of concessions submitted by Apple to a panel of government officials that includes a 15-year tax holiday, the person said.