Russia dumps the iPhone, plays favorites with Samsung

By Jesse
Jul 17, 2013
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  1. Each of the three major wireless carriers in Russia, MTS, MegaFon, and now VimpelCom, have opted to stop selling the Apple iPhone, citing tough contractual requirements as the cause.

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  2. Deserves apple right, don't get me wrong, the iphone is an awesome phone, but that alone can not/should not/will not make you be a great company. I have long used iPhone and tried other companies offerings over the last couple years and can say the iPhone is better then any crap Samsung can put out and their "draconian" horrible additions to the beautifully done 4.2.2. This is being said from someone who went from 3gs-4-HTC8X-2sX-G3-Note 2, and now onto the best phone I have ever owned - Nexus 4. I hope the Russian market sees how great Android can be with stock 4.2.2 on Nexus devices. Feel sorry that they have to deal with Touch Wiz.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,238   +335

    Interesting to see this happen just 2 weeks after Apple launched its Russian online shop www.apple.ru

    Probably they were anticipating it, and hope that presence of the official Apple online shop in Russia will change things in their favor...
  4. Classified1

    Classified1 Newcomer, in training Posts: 55

    That's what apple gets for suing so many other companies, now they lost sales in an entire country lol.
  5. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    Sometimes apple needs to be whipped once in a while. love some of their products, but can't take their stuck up attitude.
  6. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TechSpot Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Good choice Russia. Galaxy Note 3 coming soon ftw.
  7. To be anti-apple about these things is...well...dumb. You very likely wouldn't have your Nexus being half of what it is for twice the price if it wasn't for Apple's impressive contribution to this technology. If you feel Apple's phone is over-priced or their policies aren't what you prefer then buy something else. But don't shoot yourself in the foot by wanting to kill the primary force that keeps the rest of the industry having to innovate and keep prices down.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,098   +1,189

    I think you have it backward. From what I've seen Apple would love to sell their iPhone for 2K. But yet the rest of the industry doesn't allow for Apple to do so. So no Apple is not the primary force keeping prices down. How else go you think Apple keeps a status quo, among groups as being the wealthiest?
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  9. If other phone manufacturers priced their gear the same as Apple, they'd go out of business. If they could, they would. Apple still provides the highest ROI for quality, support and longevity. Many are still happy with the iPhone 3 and iPad 1 they bought years ago and they still fetch a decent price second hand. Other manufacturer's phones are practically obsolete the day they are purchased with newer models churned out so quickly after and rarely an OS update - if ever. Without Apple, you can bet they'd be asking top dollar for these throwaways.
  10. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 479   +117

    I love when guests troll the site.......
    H3llion and highlander84 like this.
  11. I love even more when members devoid of any reasonable rebuttal cry 'troll'.
  12. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde Newcomer, in training Posts: 69

    I can't see how Russia will be a bigger market than the US , with Russia's low birth rate
  13. windmill007

    windmill007 Newcomer, in training Posts: 311

    Apple builds the best quality and doesn't allow wireless bloatware to be installed. I can resell my old iPhone for the price I bought it at. I'm tired of apple haters. If you want a good quality product with high resell value you buy a iPhone or you but something cool but worthless in the long run. Your choice. See what choice Russia is making. Most Americans are smarter apperarently.
     
  14. Apple sauce baby !
    they got what they iDeserved.
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  15. you didn't factor russian bears
    that is bcuz iPhone havent changed in years, same old crap hardware, while android refresh every half year, gives you many choices, you can buy $100 budget offering or buy $600 beast that'll wipe floor with Iphone, and as to os iOS is like android 1.6 but with lots of apps since it came 1st
    oh and we'r talking about retail price not contract right?
  16. Android, the Lada of the phone world. Say no more.
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    You seem the eat, breathe & live this Note 3 thing.
  18. ?
    Apple doesn't innovate anymore since the death of Steve Jobs.
    You mean " "Steal and reverse engineer" "
  19. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    Me too. They make us members look intelligent.
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  20. highlander84

    highlander84 TechSpot Member Posts: 89   +17


    Well I have posted this before...it is still 100% true.

    http://dummr.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/why-apple-sucks-26-concise-reasons/

    So...yeah I will stick with my Samsung device, thank you.
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  21. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,253   +531

    I guess we're all entitled to our opinions no matter how obtuse.
    H3llion likes this.
  22. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 879   +80

    Since Wozniak* fixed that for you dear chap.
  23. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 117   +20

    Thanks for a good laugh. I'm not saying Apple is everything. Just saying their phones are reliable and hold resell value. The Apps are the best and don't contain malware like Android software because Apple checks them out. So we don't have as many apps. Who cares I only want the best anyways. Also I don't want Verizon bloatware on my phone...iPhone doesn't have that. Do I care about having the fanciest phone? No, that's low on my features list but the iPhone is still pretty top notice even if it's not the biggest,fastest phone out their. If that's what you want and don't care about resell value...Then yes...Android could be a good phone for you. But don't kid yourself. There is nothing wrong or evil about the iphone compared to androids. I'm just stating the facts.
  24. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 161   +22

  25. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 879   +80

    No, not facts, claims, assumptions and opinions :)


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