Last month, the GST Council of India announced an increase in GST rate on mobile phones and some parts. The hike became effective this week, starting April 1. The GST (goods and services tax) has been increased to 18% from 12%. As a result, all key smartphones brands including Apple, Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme, Vivo, Samsung and others have increased the prices of their phones in the country. Read the complete story here.