India Rejects Apple’s Plan to Sell Refurbished iPhones in the Country

Around the time that Apple introduced its iPhone Upgrade program in the United States, the company also requested approval to sell refurbished iPhones in India. It all made sense; let Americans (and potentially people from other countries) use their iPhones for a year, clean them up, and sell them to a developing nation, where not many people can afford the price of new devices.

Well, according to Bloomberg, India has nixed this idea.

India has rejected Apple Inc.’s request to import and sell refurbished iPhones to the world’s second largest mobile population, a telecommunications ministry official said Tuesday.

So, I wonder what Apple is going to do with all those used iPhones, when people start upgrading devices they’ve bought under the iPhone Upgrade program…