updated 09:10 am EDT, Fri September 26, 2008
Russian iPhone on Oct. 3rd
The iPhone should go on sale in Russia October 3rd, Reuters reports. Nadezhda Senyuk, a PR director for Russia's Tekhnosila retail chain, explains that several retailers should begin selling the iPhone overnight between October 2nd and 3rd. Two other retailers, Eldorado and M.video, have confirmed Senyuk's statements by issuing separate announcements of an October 3rd sell date. Eldorado says it expects total iPhone sales in the country to reach 150,000 for 2008, out of which Eldorado hopes to claim 15,000.
The chain says it will sell an 8GB phone for 22,999 roubles ($924), while a 16GB model will cost 26,999 ($1,084). While these prices are substantially higher than in North America, the UK and several other regions, they should not force Russians to adopt a carrier contract. People will also be able an iPhone directly from the three supporting Russian carriers, which include MTS, MegaFon and Vimpelcom.