After selling Blackberry handsets for Airtel, Indiatimes in collaboration with Nokia has launched nokia.indiatimes.com, an online store of Nokia phones. The online store is powered by Indiatimes Shopping, which is also taking care of customer support. The site offers shipping all across the country, and accepts payments via Credit and Debit cards, Net Banking, Paymate and Cash on Delivery modes.
Iamwire looked into the online store closely and found that the prices are comparatively higher on the online Nokia Shop. For example, the Nokia Lumia 710 is priced at Rs 18,999 on Nokia Shop, while the same phone is available for Rs 18,690 on Naaptol. Similarly, Nokia 700 cool grey is priced at Rs 16,999, on the Nokia Shop whereas Ebay is selling the same piece at Rs. 16,586. However, while talking to Indiatimes executive on price, they claimed to offer a Rs 1500 Shoppers Stop Voucher as a gift on buying Nokia Lumia 710.
About shipping time as told by the customer care executive is upto 4 days for residents of India. One of the unique features, however about the site is, it offers Interest free EMIs of 3 and 6 months on phones. The site has a 7 day return policy, under which unused products can be returned for a refund or replacement, within the period.
Besides, the Nokia India site has also added a page for Nokia Shop, where it lists all available products and offers the user the ability to buy the phone through a ‘preferred retailer’. The user is not taken to the Indiatimes domain till the time he clicks on the Buy Now button. Earlier, Indiatimes has powered a handset store selling BlackBerry handsets for Airtel, which ceases to exist now.