Well, the world has become a global village. Don't get depressed if Nokia N8 is not getting released in India. You can still pre-order the phone from USA and get it delivered in India. This is the power of eCommerce. I was browsing through the internet when i thought of this idea, Nokia N8 is getting released in USA on 23rd September and why not buy it there and get it delivered in India.
Would a Nokia N8 US Edition work in India ?
Nokia N8 (US Edition) is compatible with 2G ( GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 ) frequencies and 3G ( WCDMA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 2100 / 1900 ) frequencies. Mobile networks in India work on GSM 900 / 1800 frequencies which matches the US frequency thus you can use the Nokia N8 US edition in India successfully. Even the charger is compatible in India.
Buying Nokia N8 in India
Option 1 - Ebay USA (http://bit.ly/btmjBn) costs Rs 29500/-
There are a huge number of sellers who are shipping Nokia N8 to India. However, the cost of the phone is 50$ more than the actual rate of 549$. You also end up paying 40$ for a UPS shipping. Thus, the total cost of the phone comes to about 640$ which when converted to INR costs about 29500 INR. BUY NOW
Option 2 - Shop Your World (http://bit.ly/cRVocg) costs Rs 33900/-
Shop Your World is a reseller which orders the phone on your behalf in India and you have all the convenience to pay using your Indian Credit/Debit Card or Net banking. However, the cost here is more and it is a newly launched website to trust. Ebay comes with a Buyer Protection Guarantee and also happens to be pretty old both in India and abroad.
As per the local Nokia Priority Dealers in India, Nokia N8 will be available by the end of this month or early next month. So unless you have an emergency and you cannot live without a Nokia N8 or you want to have it before any one else does or you wish to gift it to your girlfriend, there is no reason why you should waste so much money for the phone using the above two options. My advice to you is to wait for some more time as the TV commercials have already started in India and Nokia has tweeted about a mid-september release. The cost of the phone will always be less than the USA price so as per my prediction, Nokia N8 should not cost you more than 24000 INR inclusive of taxes.