Indian government nixes Apple’s plan to import used iPhones to sell

The Indian government has nixed Apple's application to import and sell refurbished iPhones, according to Bloomberg, quoting an unnamed telecommunications ministry official.

Apple wanted permission to import and sell used phones in an effort to appeal to price-conscious consumers. A similar proposal was rejected by the Indian government last year.Apple’s rivals have mounted a public campaign against the effort, arguing that such a move would trigger a flood of used electronics while defeating the government’s Make-in-India program to encourage local manufacturing, notes Bloomberg.

What’s more, within two years, all phones — including iPhones — sold in India must have a “panic button” and built-in GPS, according to a new ruling by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The document signed by the minister said “feature phones without the facility of panic button by pressing Numeric key — 5 or Numeric key — 9 to invoke emergency call” shall not be sold in India, reports The Times of India. The ruling goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018.