Apple dealt another blow in Russia: third major carrier quits selling iPhone, signs with Samsung

Apple dealt another blow in Russia: third major carrier quits selling iPhone, signs with Samsung
Make no mistake - Apple iPhones are popular in Russia and just as in any developing nation they are considered more than just a phone - they are a status symbol. That however does not mean that Russian carriers are ready to agree to Apple’s draconian contracts and conditions.

Now, Vimplecom and its Beeline brand, the last major Russian carrier that sold the iPhone, has cut its ties with Apple and will not renew the contract allowing it to sell iPhones. The country’s two biggest carriers MTS and Megafon have quit selling iPhones earlier precisely because of Apple’s harsh conditions.

What hurts more is that Beeline inked a deal to sell Samsung phones instead as the Koreans offered more favorable terms.

Russia’s big three carriers (MTS, Megafon and Beeline) signed contracts with Apple allowing them to sell the iPhone in 2008. Fast forward five years, and none of them offers the iPhone anymore

There is only one retail outlet that has an official deal with Apple and that is the Svyaznoy chain of stores.

“This decision might be connected to the fact that Vimpelcom signed a contract with Samsung. Moreover, Apple is getting ready to open its own retail store chain in Russia and is not interested in having many third-party vendors. Apple’s conditions are harsh, especially in the marketing department, and are not always beneficial for its partners. That’s why Vimpelcom’s decision looks logical,” Dmitry Ryabinin, chief analyst for Russian Hi-Tech publication explains.

Apple’s market share in Russia is falling slowly but steadily, and the company’s piece of the market diminished from 9% in Q1 2012 to 8.4% in the same period this year.

Having all carriers abandon the iPhone is definitely a blow to the company, but that does not mean that Russians will have a hard time finding an iPhone. Apart from the Svyaznoy store where it is sold, Cupertino has officially launched its online Apple Store in Russia on June 26th.

source: Hi-Tech (translated)



1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Ouch! Apple ain't got much juice left.

9. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

And in Malaysia every carrier will happily carry the iPhone because these Apple fanboys dont even care how much they need to pay for for an iPhone; i have seen used iPhones selling at sky high prices and these people have no problems considering to buy them.

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Many carriers still think that the iPhone is an excellent product that people want to buy, but only Apple fanboys will buy them no matter how high is the price.

36. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

You're right! I'm an Apple fanboy to be honest :) but Malaysia is selling iPhone for a sky price and it doesn't worth it!

54. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

that's 'isn't worth it'

21. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

In Q1 as per IDC, Apple market share is down from 9% in 2012 to 8.3% in 2013. At the same time WP market share is up from 5.1% last year to 8.2% this year. I think with the launch of Lumia 520, 720 in Q2 WP sales will pass Apple's.

2. iamfoolhehe

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Every where galaxy galaxy ...!!!!

18. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

i agree with your name

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Dayuumm...Apple must be sulking!

4. FlushGordon unregistered

In Soviet Russia,,,Apple begs for you, not the other way around

5. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013


6. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013


24. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Smaller screen size because your eyes can zoom, and fingers and palm are small... closed ecosystem because you like to be told what to do.... amazing maps because you like adventures and want to explore remote unhabitable areas... do not disturb feature is activated just by holding the phone wrong... and becuase you wanna frequently buy a new (but same) iphone, just drop a cotton ball on it....

38. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I want to use ios and not android.

42. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

That is a perfectly good reason. Lol!

44. MrMagoo

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

I like android a lot but nexus 4 is not a good deal for me, if you want 64gb instead 16gb memory, or you need a better camera, or a great and clean audio output with a decent volume level or maybe you work with a lot of apps you can have them all installed without slow the entire system, better gaming, smother interface, no heating problems like nexus 4(unless you have a defective iPhone haha)... I can go on and even I can tell you what a like more of android, I don't have hate for any platform, but even if iPhone is a great phone I think apple conduct is greedy and lame, if they don't change their mind, they will be dead soon

50. sectime unregistered

Same reason as buying a Mercedes vs Toyota, you want it. It's called choice and price is not the only decision point.

57. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That analogy only works is the Toyota is faster, had more power and is more flexible/functional.

63. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I LOVE android. But how can anyone make it by with a max of 16 GB internal storage? In my Galaxy Note 2 I have the 16 GB but at least I have a micro SD card slot. I've considered long and hard to sell my Note 2 and buy a Nexus 4 but I can't get past 16 GB of internal storage...

65. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I don't see the big deal with having an sd slot. You are limited as to what you can put on an sd card. I prefer to get a phone with 32-64 GB of onboard storage. And phones that don't offer me that choice , I don't buy them.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

this is a pretty d**k move by that carrier. Watch as subscriber rate decline rapidly.

10. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

i think apple must be worried from this.not the carrier. hope this trend continues worldwide

12. dashing123

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

K bye, now FOH

13. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

i don't say that but I think its a good move..Apple keeps harsh condition and the carrier cannot benefit much from it. apple shows that attitude as if they owe carriers and everyone should follow their conditions. that was a blow to apple hope they learn something from it

20. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Gone are the days of iArmtwist.

22. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

since the article says that the iphone market share is only 8.4%, it wouldn't be a great problem for that carrier even if the other carriers continued to sell the iphone... now consider that Vimpelcom was the last to offer the iphone...

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Looks like youre still blind and brainwash by the greedy fruit.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Dance, you 5th dimensional mischievous little I imp, DANCE!

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31258; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're rite Mxy. The phones popular with consumers, but the carrier stopped due to apples conditions. Those who want iPhones will simply go else where. +1 for not being fanboy blind.

37. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

So it was the "d**k move" by the carrier and not a "d**k move" by Apple to have harsh requirements on carriers? That's blind fanboy logic there.

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