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

0. phoneArena posted on 12 Jul 2013, 04:33

Make no mistake - Apple iPhones are popular in Russia and just as in any developing nation they are considered more than just a phone, but also a status symbol…

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posted on 12 Jul 2013, 08:03

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 24974; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

No I did not say that. I think that it is a bad move to get rid of a popular device that consumers want and it will make their subscription-based go down and yes apple does often have harsh demands, yet most usually profit.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 08:38 4

41. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

I agree darkjedi but out of the big three they are the last to drop Apple. It's not like the customers can say I'm going to switch my contract to get a subsidy, you can only get it retail. Now the carriers get the double benefit of not having to pay for subsidy or have adhere to Apples very strict conditions. Those that still want an iPhone will have to buy it retail and the carriers reap all the benefits. It's a really messed up win win for the carriers. The only benefit to the customer is that the used iPhone market is going to sky rocket so when it comes time to resell and they're going to get a nice chunk of money back if they want to upgrade.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 13:35

55. darkkjedii (Posts: 24974; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

That's a good point. I agree

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 08:51 3

43. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

And that's why most carriers put up with it. Doesn't make Apple's tactics any better, all it does is justify their draconian stance towards the carriers. While it's great the iPhone never has carrier bloatware because they refuse to bend in that manner, they could at least help with the pricing so carriers aren't forced into decisions like the one made in this article.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 09:34 2

51. tedkord (Posts: 14151; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

The article states that the iPhone had an 8.4% share, and dropping. I don't think the carriers have to much to worry about.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 07:12

34. xfire99 (Posts: 940; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

Are u mad? LMAO

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 07:50 4

35. tomn1ce (Posts: 229; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

Why is that, because they refuse to sale the iphone which is actually eating up their profit? Their goal is to make as much profit as possible and all these 3 Russian wireless carriers are doing are cutting ties with a product which is not helping them make a profit.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 10:29 2

52. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Bingo!! Smart move says apple's market share.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 13:37

56. donfem (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

All hail mxy, the one with the 'foresight' that can tell Apple's future.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 04:53 8

8. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

Is anybody really surprised at this..... we knew there'd eventually be a backlash from the industry as other manufacturers became as popular as Apple.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 04:56 9

11. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

i would be glad to see if rest of countries also make similar moves :)

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 04:59 6

14. MartianMe (unregistered)

Sounds to me like apple is the real communist .

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 05:03 11

15. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

go back apple.
you can only fool US people by hypnotising them saying about nationality.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 05:06 7

16. kaira (Posts: 26; Member since: 12 May 2013)

Now take that you bad Fruit... Selfish company...

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 05:49 10

26. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Yeah very true, selfish company. overpriced iCraps.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 05:11 5

19. SingDaFire (Posts: 74; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)

This news made my day. Lmfao

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 05:39 5

23. platformwars (Posts: 86; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

Apple should realize that its not in the dominant position it was in 2008 when they laid out the terms.. apart from the US i dont see Apple in a dominant position anywhere else in the world.. and yes.. THIS IS A BIG BLOW FOR APPLE.. Specially when they are going to release a cheap phone as well.. Maybe they think that when they do come out with the low cost iPhone the carriers will beg them again for selling the device.. i dont think that will be the case though.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 05:46 7

25. aco96 (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

I don't understand something: Iphone 5 16gb 570€, lumia 1020 540€. LOL

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 05:52 1

27. specialedition99 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

Apple has got the IOS UI covered with IOS 7. Now they should stop making 2 or 1 phone a year and go ahead with several phones in seizes and prices. That is the only way out if they wana take up the fight, the rest of the competition just makes too many phones a year and then the compare to apple.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 06:18 3

28. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

How I love mother Russia! They are smart and right. Apple being too damn harsh/strict with its sale program.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 06:21 2

30. ilia1986 (unregistered)

In Soviet Russia, Carriers ban Apple! :D

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 06:53

32. Dion25 (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)

This will create a frenzy in Russia. Ppl always desire what they cannot have so easy. I'm betting the Black Market, Stolen IPhones, and Auction Sites like Ebay all see a surge in Russia due to low supply high demand.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:13 1

53. roscuthiii (Posts: 2244; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

They've had steadily swindling market share. This isn't the first carrier to drop the product. They're basically telling people they can't have what they already either don't care about, or don't want.

With Apple about to release their cheaper iPhone verison, this is a pretty big blow to them.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 08:36 1

40. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

I can do things on a OG-Note that the iphone 5 can not do.!. Multi-Window tasking, just to name one... I would guess the Russian carriers are switching to Samsung, because the people found that out too.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 09:15 3

47. oister85 (Posts: 501; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Good stuff russia dont let these arrogants tell you what to do.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 15:25 1

58. cobaltox1 (Posts: 8; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)

I live in a developing nation..MEXICO....and I can asure you iphone is far from being a status simbol anymore....that was maybe a couple of years ago,here in mexico anyone can have a free iphone on contract...I would say people who think a phone can be a status simbol are just airheads....unless we are talking a dimond wrapped one!!!!

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 15:42

59. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Every carrier should boycott Apple. I have no idea how they allowed Apple that much power before but it should have never happened. Apple getting all the huge profit margins and all the carriers get is people coming into their stores to buy accessories? Why did carriers even agree that in the first place?

Apple rapes everyone because they can. About time people begin to stand up to them. Except HTC who still let's them rape them by giving them money for each phone sold. Lol

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 18:22

61. roscuthiii (Posts: 2244; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

In another big blow to Apple... The US won it's e-book price fixing case against Apple.
I dunno, maybe I missed the article here on PA or maybe they just forgot to cover it. But, I've seen it in the news elsewhere - 2 days ago.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 18:32

62. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 265; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

When Apple release their new iphone, how many do you think they are going to sell at full price since everyone expects a free one on a plan.

Then with no more carrier support for the new model, their's a good chance it won't work properly as you know how Apple likes to change standard protocols.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 04:06

67. marioellobo (Posts: 44; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)

they think that just for the price people is going to assume that's the new one have apple heard about internet ? just my opinion.

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