iphone Just got an email from Vodafone India mentioning the official price of iPhone 3G in India.

“We are delighted to announce that the iPhone 3G will be available in India from August 22, 2008. It will be available in 8GB & 16GB models, priced at Rs 31,000 ($710) and Rs 36,100 ($820) respectively. ”

And this is just the cost of Apple hardware – you will have to pay extra for data and voice plans. Airtel will also introduce iPhone on the same date but I don’t think if an iPhone 3G is worth that kind of money.

Here’s the full text of the email in case you are interested in buying the iPhone from Vodafone:

Be the first to get the iPhone – We have received a large number of registrations. As there are limited stocks, make sure that you get yours first, by paying an advance of Rs 10,000 to confirm your booking.

Where can you make this advance payment? – The iPhone 3G will be available at select Vodafone Stores. All you need to do is drop in at any select Vodafone Store between August 20 and 21 and make the advance payment by cash or credit card.

Don’t forget to show the iPhone booking SMS, which you would have received from us, when you visit the Vodafone Store to pay the advance. To find a Vodafone Store near you, click here.

Get an appointment now. No queues for you. – Once you pay the advance, we will immediately give you an appointment date and time, starting August 22 when you can come and experience a full demonstration and collect your iPhone, all ready to use with your contacts and settings, by paying the balance amount.

Hurry! Limited stocks. – Remember, the sooner you confirm your booking, the earlier you ´ll get your iPhone. We have limited stocks and it will be on first come, first serve basis.

Buy a Vodafone connection now! – As you are not a Vodafone customer, you will need a Vodafone connection for your iPhone 3G.

We recommend that when you come to confirm your booking, please do get yourself a Vodafone connection too. Remember to carry a passport sized picture, photo ID proof and address proof as these are required for activating your Vodafone SIM card.

Happy to help – If you have any queries, log on to vodafone.in/iphone or call us on 9719097190 and we ´ll be happy to help.