Russian Operators Halt iPhone Sales

MTS, VimpelCom and Megafon, Russia’s three largest mobile network operators, have ended their contracts with Apple, meaning theyll no longer be offering iPhones to subscribers.

The three operators – which together account for more than four-fifths of the Russian market – have each stopped negotiations with Apple over the last two months, according to a report in The Financial Times. The most likely reason looks to be the penalties Apple enforces for not selling the contracted number of iPhones – most likely 1-1.5m over two or three years.

While Russian consumers will still be able to get their hands on iPhones, from Apple stores or non-operator mobile phone retailers, this certainly makes it more difficult.