Czech carrier drops the iPhone from its portfolio, says Apple asks too much

Czech carrier drops the iPhone from its portfolio, says Apple asks too much
Now we are used to see carriers doing crazy things like locking themselves in four-year contracts worth billions, just to be able to offer Apple's iPhone in their lineup, hoping to recuperate the costs over the lifetime of the contracts.

What we are not seeing often is the reverse process, but here we go - the Czech subsidiary of Telefonica has decided not to offer Apple's iPhone 4S, and drop any other iPhone from its portfolio, for that matter. A spokesperson has cited Apple's business terms to be the main culprit for that decision.

Now we know that carriers are usually sponsoring Apple north of $400 apiece for the privilege to sell the iPhone 4S, but these have always been the terms, although high-end Android phones often command smaller premiums. Still, the iPhone has always been more expensive in Europe and the Czechs might have decided they can't recuperate such a subsidy. Other carriers in the country, like Vodafone, are still offering the iPhone variants.

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42 Comments

1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Thats the nature of the beast no one is forcing them to sell a iphone if they dont want to. They dont want too and didnt good for them.

2. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

i winder why the iphone on the right is running ios 4.

38. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

because its a different picture… duh…

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i was wondering how long it would take for a carrier to get tired of their bully practices. Thats gonna hurt those Q1 2012 sales. lol. Concidering how badly the iphone was getting trashed in sales next to the SGS2, i wonder if it was even a big deal for them.

5. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Guess my exile is set aswell if we lose Q1 lol. This is good news ;) let Q1 roll around. I doubt Apple cares at this loss.. they will only care when it is say.. VzW or one of the major us carriers dropping them or one of the carriers in Asia where it will reflect huge losses.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Its amazing how many people are willing to bet that samsung will win, but how FEW of the iTrolls are willing to actually take that bet.. yea im lookin right at you miz and gallito. panzies.. stand behind your product.. lol.

28. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I won't speak as a fanboy since I love all devices equally, and don't even own an iphone(I actually have a Samsung focus:-D)....but as a betting man I'll bet you that the sgs2 will not beat the iPhone 4s in global sales. Lets say for next quarter. That way both will have a full quarter and an equal timeframe and equal economical challenges. The terms? Global quarterly sales of the devices. The reward? Well since neither of us are apple fanboys, it can be bragging rights. That one was correct over the other. Whadya say?

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you realize that the SGS2 launched in like May in every other country except the US right? lol. And its still one of the top sellers in the world.

41. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Oh I know. That's why I said sales for next quarter. Don't think this is a challenge from a fanboy. The sgs2 is the first real android beast in sales. That sells close to an iPhone level. I think it still has the juice to take the iPhone on in sales...i also think the iPhone will outsell it. Just numbers is all. I'm not talking about specs or os. Just units moved.

39. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha i would loce to see att or verizon drop the iphone… u know how may people ould get pissed off and go to whatever carier has it? and that is completely valid because look at att… this is the first carrier in 4 years… is it that shocking?

33. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

It won't make big difference whether they have iPhone or not in their portfolio. In Czech republic people are not so obsessed with iPhones.

3. android_hitman unregistered

biophone you are absolutely crazy.

6. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

aside from the money Apple commands, if you go to any carriers site the iPhone is placed at the top spot when searching for phones. Bullies is what they are.

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Indeed Apple like to eat people whole and spit out the bones

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

They're aren't forcing anyone to do business with them.

7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Such is the nature of Apple eternal grees and control lust that many network carriers are no doubt feeling the same. Apple wants control of the carriers next. This all is ironic as most networks carriers have been put under sever pressure over the last year with customer complaints from iphones dropping calls and out of one year warranty repairs despite two year contracts

9. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

AMERICAN Carriers need to follow also...MSRP on a 3 year old upgraded phone(iphone4s) is $649.00. Has a $170 from cradle to grave price....Go figure...and the carriers never reduce the price until a new model comes out...Go figure....Apple definately has a crowd that follows....

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

And still outsells all your crappy android phones.

17. Retro-touch unregistered

Did you just say ALL android phones or you simply don't realize how foolish that statement really is? I'll assume your an iTard and ignore your brainwashed delusions

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What android phone outsells the iPhone? NONE. Number 1 selling smartphone this year is iPhone 4. Number 2 is 3GS.

30. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Poor old taco using the what individual android phone outsells the iphone islave arguement android has a huge selection of phones to every individuals tastes or requirements. The plain fact is that android is totally surpassing ios sales,and the reason that one particular phone doesn't outsell the iphone is that with so many top choices the peoples android purchases are spread across a wide range of top models. If you take the number of people who choose android together whether they be galaxy s2,htc sensation,sony arc buyers etc vs the iphone, apple is sorely losing. If you put 100 mentally aware people in one room with 10 choices of top android phones they will all select different models to suit their personality. Put 100 idiots in another and they will select the one sole faulty iphone model available to them in that room and their teenage brains won't know any different no matter how faulty the phone actually is. Sure the iphone was picked more than any of the top android ones but but thats coz the dumb 100 have no other choice with apple. ironically i real life its 200 or 300 people going into the android room vs the 100 idiots in apples

31. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I agree andro, with only one phone (iPhone) compared to many other choices (Android) there is not an accurate comprison. Now if the iPhone was still exclusive to AT&T you could compare that sales number with the number one selling Android phone on Verizon. Since that point is moot then the data is corrupted.

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what taco continually fails to realize is that the bulk of apple's sales come in the first few months. yea, its a perennial good seller, but its not top dog every month. In europe, the top phone has been the SGS2 since its launch. Some reports had it outselling the iphone4 by 200%+ in certain countries. That wasnt just 1 month.. that was every month since it launched in the spring until now and beyond. Thats one phone.. not beating the iphone.. but trashing it.

25. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

So what you meant to say was that it sells more than any individual "crappy" Android phone. I'm pretty sure the iPhone does not outsell "all the crappy Android phones". If everyone who bought Android had to buy a single model it would probably outsell the iPhone, lucky for us we have options.

34. jacko unregistered

lol last i heard android was out selling is**t 3-1

10. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Its about time a carrier realized that iPhones are just not worth the money. I guess they might make decent coasters once everyone who owns one comes to reality that what they own is a piece of outdated garbage!! LOL

11. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

yeah, I sent VW corporate a message and told them to stop having the (order iphone4s) icon listed under all of my devices on MY Verizon.com. If I would have wanted a iphone, I would buy a iphone--so I shouldn't be reminded everytime I log into My Verizon.com and see the reminder..Guess what..It's off of my log-in now...

40. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Noticed the same thing. Been with Verizon a few years now and have had a few feature phones, and a couple of HTC Android phones... yet when I sign in to Verizon their suggestion for me is to upgrade to an iPhone 4S.

12. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The problem is Apple self-confidence.

13. fullstrength

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I think all carrier should just drop the iphone. Android is dominating anyway.

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