updated 09:15 am EDT, Mon September 29, 2008
Ukrainian iPhone on Oct. 3
The Ukraine should finally receive the iPhone later this week, the Russian financial paper Kommersant is said to claim. Reports say that the phone will launch overnight between October 2nd and 3rd, and be carried by MTS, with the possibility of more sales through KievStar. This information has not been confirmed by Apple's distributor for the region, Pro Turbo Service, but the company does say it expects the phone to be released in the Ukraine before the end of the year.
A Ukrainian deal would be a natural extension of the one for Russia, where the phone is also going on sale October 3rd through MTS, as well as MegaFon and Vimpelcom. Carriers with multinational reach have tended to expand iPhone distribution without much effort; notable examples include Orange, Vodafone and TeliaSonera.
Apple has set a goal of shipping the iPhone to at least 70 countries this year, and the Ukraine may mark the 50th so far.