updated 12:40 pm EDT, Thu August 21, 2008
Russian iPhone 3G from MTS
Russia may be in line for the iPhone 3g via Mobile TeleSystems, according to claimed "market sources." Reuters is reporting that Apple has agreed with MTS on iPhone 3G distribution in Russia, with sales likely beginning in October. Both parties are declining comment, though Apple is also rumored to be close to a deal with the two remaining major carriers in Russia, Megafon and VimpelCom.
Prices and other details have not leaked out yet, but could be the final roadblocks to a deal; Russia's aging pricing schemes, which currently lack contract-based subsidies, have been blamed for the delay in the iPhone 3G's arrival in the country of 140 million people.
Apple chief Steve Jobs has said in an interview that he anticipates both Chinese and Russian iPhone deals before the end of 2008.