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Russian iPhone 3G deal gets more details

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 Aug 2008 13:50 User comments (5)

Russian iPhone 3G deal gets more details According to a new Russian newspaper report, the top three mobile phone carriers in Russia have agreed to distribute the Apple iPhone 3G in the country, selling 1.8 million units every year through 2011.
The paper, Vedomosti says that MTS has signed on to sell 1 million iPhones over the next three years while small carriers Vimpelcom and MegaFon have each agreed to sell 1.5 million units per year for the next two years.

Another interesting fact from the paper's report was that the phone would sell for the equivalent of $1000 USD without contract or $200 USD with contract.

Although the iPhone is not officially sold in Russia, unauthorized sales have been growing exponentially with industry experts saying sales of unlocked iPhones are at about 20,000 per month now in the country. With over 500,000 estimated iPhone users, Russia has the third largest population of iPhone owners in the world behind the US and China.

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5 user comments

125.8.2008 18:52

Gee the third largest population of iPhone owners and they are all unlocked. Maby someday the tech companies will get the message. We don't want to be told (forced) what to do with the hardware we buy.

225.8.2008 20:11

Just be thankful that Verizon didn't get the iPhone contract... Think of the abomination that they'd do to the software in the phone... Just look at the difference in the Moto Razr's...

326.8.2008 12:41

Originally posted by defgod:
Gee the third largest population of iPhone owners and they are all unlocked. Maby someday the tech companies will get the message. We don't want to be told (forced) what to do with the hardware we buy.

We can only hope...

428.8.2008 0:11

verizon, sprint, or t-mobile + iPhone = MASSIVE PROBLEMS

515.9.2008 19:08

eliplan do you think that AT&T is doing any better?????

You don't have a 3G, otherwise you would know that the phone is a piece of crap, the hardware is wrong, no matter which carrier the 3G would fail anyway.

Poor russians!

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