Russia's largest carrier accuses Apple of dictatorship

Russia's largest carrier accuses Apple of dictatorship
The iPhone might be the most popular single smartphone in the United States where it sells for a pretty affordable $200 on a two-year contract, but go to some other countries and you’d easily understand why Apple’s iPhone hasn’t picked up all that much comparatively. In Russia, for once, the iPhone 4S 16GB costs a whopping $930 off contract at retailers, with carriers often selling it for over $1,000.

In comparison, the iPhone 4S 16GB sells for $650 off contract in the States and around $790 in the United Kingdom. Part of the reason for the high prices outside the US is tariffs.

And Russian largest carrier MTS (Mobile TeleSystems) isn’t happy with that. It calls Apple a dictatorship for not allowing carriers to find a different way of selling the device and imposing draconian rules. Other huge Russian carriers like Megafon simply refused to sell the device.



Russia is a booming market for smartphones. It’s still largely a feature phone kingdom, but MTS is expecting smartphone penetration to gallop to 60% by the end of 2014, up from 15.4% in Q1 2012.

Android in contrast covers well all ranges in Russia - it offers smart devices from the cheapest tier just above $100 (take the Samsung Galaxy Y and Galaxy Pocket) and up to iPhone-level pricing with the Samsung Galaxy S III (sold for just as much as the iPhone 4S).

Apple on the other hand doesn’t seem too disturbed. Tim Cook, the chief executive at Cupertino, has repeatedly said that for Apple quality is the first and foremost priority.

source: RT

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51 Comments

1. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I think apple is too serious with their competition.

4. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

I don't think that Apple ever got the memo that competition is a healthy thing to have in a market. Recently they have been really really aggressive and it's off putting towards other manufacturers as well as customers. All in all I think we should feel lucky that Apple didn't patent the chair or eye-glasses.

11. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I might go to court if I eat an apple lol

13. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Apple has never really won any competitions... Competition isn't really an option for them. Hey Apple, remember getting hospitalized by Microsoft? Well meet Google and one of their many children, Samsung.

15. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Well apple only gets credit for making products with little to no design change or making a product and saying they invented it. That's how they compete. No I'm not a fandroid because if I were a sheep then I would say ewww android is fragmented. It's a never ending war. I don't like picking sides. I have a symbian phone for gods sake lol

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It takes a dictator to call out another dictator.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you know your in trouble when one dominant ruling party whines that someone is worse than they are. lol

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

remixfa that is so funny. It's sad but so true. lol What about that crazy pic. The Apple logo is perfect for that. Very indicative right? +1

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

considering how many people have killed themselves or died at apple factories because they were too cheap to install ventillation and the air got so thick with explosive particles that the air literally exploded... all while making slave wages.. yea.. its pretty appropriate

32. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Not a nice way to go. Poor people, they were just trying to make a living. They didn't need to die doing it. Very needless & very neglectful by Apple.

35. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

If you don't want to buy goods produced in China's Foxconn and Co., throw away every of your Android handset and your Intel computer too... As if it would be an Apple-exclusive problem...

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

samsung's top end mobile products are all made in house at samsung factories by workers who get paid more, work less, and have rights and benefits, unlike apple/foxconn. Foxconn themselves said 2 things of note. 1) each factory is run differently based on the client's wishes. 2) Apple has the worst conditions of all the factories they run. And yea, they make stuff for pretty much everyone including MS, Asus, and others.

41. Aeires unregistered

Wish I could give more than one thumbs up for this comment, it's right on target with reality.

39. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

C'mon Foxconn only follows suit to what the client wants. Apple is known to be the worst. You can't put all Foxconn's clients in the same pool with Apple. Each client has it's own wishes. Sorry but you are wrong.

24. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

you guys should be happy. More market share for Android right? Isn't that all that matters to you guys? lol

33. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

No, you troll face.

45. lyndon420

Posts: 6710; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yeah...yeah...market share. All that matters is market share. I love it when iZombie's start fishing for any form of justification...they start to sound like some kid from a strict close-minded religious family.

50. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

fishing for justification? Justification for what? There's nothing to justify, lol. In case you missed it, I was making fun of you guys. If the iPhone is too expensive then DON'T BUY. You guys PRETEND like you care, but you actually don't. You guys don't even like Apple and you hate on everyone that owns one, so be happy that this make it difficult for Apple to take increase market share because "huge Russian carriers like Megafon simply refused to sell the device". I for one don't really care about what's going on with the iPhone in Russia. What surprises me though is how much you all seem to care.

42. ViperGTS

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

We have one that think he is running the USA right now

2. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

samsung is very happy!

3. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Hitler Apple cracks me up. XD

6. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Lol same. At first I had to double take on what it actual was.

22. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i did the same thing apploph hitler?

5. hawke9150

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

"Apple on the other hand doesn’t seem too disturbed. Tim Cook, the chief executive at Cupertino, has repeatedly said that for Apple quality is the first and foremost priority. " And the "Quality" that Tim Cook is talking about is his checkbook. Good Luck Samsung

34. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

They aren't disturbed by Samsung/Android? Then why are they putting in more money into their lawyers then their R&D? That's what I thought.

7. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Epic Picture

8. Aeires unregistered

“Being arrogant with your partners in big markets doesn’t pay off.” Sums up a ton of problems Apple always seems to be in the middle of. Cut the crap, just make devices and let the consumers decide.

25. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I think we just love putting Apple in the center of everything, even when its unnecessary

51. lyndon420

Posts: 6710; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Think of it as karma biting apple in the arse. You can only sue the world for so long before the world starts pushing back. Every ounce of misery that apple is subjected too is welcome.

52. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Your comment has nothing to do with what I just said.

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