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Russia's Megafon to sell 750,000 iPhones by 2016

03/08, 12:00am

Agreement with Apple requires $28 million in marketing as well

After not carrying the iPhone for nearly four years because of a dispute about sales guarantees, Russia's second-largest carrier Megafon signed a new deal with Apple late last year to return to selling the popular smartphone. The new deal requires the carrier to buy at least 750,000 iPhones over the course of three years, and spend at least $28 million in marketing the smartphone. While not a high number compared to the US, the figure was called "reasonable" by Russian financial analysts.


Megafon to resume selling iPhones with three-year deal

01/27, 10:01am

Carrier went without iPhones for four years

Russian carrier Megafon has announced a direct, three-year deal with Apple to resume selling iPhones, Reuters reports. Despite being Russia's second-biggest cellphone provider, it hasn't sold iPhones since 2009, since both it and its rivals couldn't guarantee the kind of sales numbers Apple was demanding in contracts. Megafon says it will buy various iPhone models under the deal.


MTS, VimpelCom to resume Russian iPhone sales with iPhone 5s, 5c

10/23, 10:10am

MTS to go through third-party distributors

Russian carriers MTS and VimpelCom will resume selling the iPhone on October 25th, says Reuters. All three major local carriers -- the continuing holdout being Megafon -- stopped direct sales of the iPhone earlier this year, as they chose not renew their contracts with Apple. The Russian government doesn't allow cellphone subsidies, and given the high cost of the iPhone, that put the device out of reach for many people. Apple, meanwhile, was demanding strict sales volumes and marketing budgets.


All three major Russian carriers no longer selling iPhones

07/17, 3:05pm

Russian buyers forced to turn to other sources

All three major Russian phone carriers have stopped selling the iPhone at their stores, leaving people to buy from Apple directly, Svyaznoy outlets, or else the black/gray market, says Fortune. The last holdout was VimpleCom, whose Beeline brand severed its ties with Apple last week, replacing the iPhone 5 in its lineup with the Samsung Galaxy S4. Beeline blames the switch on "draconian [Apple] contracts" and "harsh conditions...especially in the marketing department." Previously, MTS CEO Andrei Dubovskov stated that "Apple wants operators to pay them huge money subsidizing iPhones and their promotion in Russia" when asked about his own company dropping the hardware.


Full iTunes Store en route to Russia for 2009?

10/06, 9:10am

Russian iTunes Store

At least some Russians could finally have normal access to the iTunes Store in 2009, reports say. While Macs, iPods and now iPhones are on sale in the country, Apple's online media storefront has been conspicuously absent, with the exception of the App Store. Music and/or video could be coming soon through an unusual deal with one of Russia's iPhone carriers, writes RBC Daily.


Russian iPhone to go on sale October 3rd

09/26, 9:10am

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, 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.


iPhone to be offered by top three Russian carriers

09/05, 3:55pm

MTS iPhones for Russia

Russia's top cellular carrier, Mobile TeleSystems, today announced it has successfully negotiated with Apple and will soon be offering the iPhone, according to the Associated Press. This confirms speculation that Apple would be making deals with all three major Russian carriers, as the company signed deals with Vimpelcom and MegaFon earlier this week.


Megafon to be second iPhone 3G carrier in Russia

09/02, 11:25am

Megafon gets iPhone

Russia's third-largest telecom firm, Megafon, has announced that it has reached an agreement with Apple to carry the iPhone 3G, making it the second carrier in the country to offer the device. The company has not yet committed to any particular release date, but has announced in a statement that the iPhone will be available "later this year."


VimpelCom confirms iPhone for Russia

08/28, 7:40am

VimpelCom Gets iPhone

Russian telecoms firm VimpelCom today said it has struck an agreement with Apple to carry the iPhone 3G, making it the first carrier in the country officially set to offer the device. The telecoms firm follows the practices of earlier carrier announcements and doesn't commit to a particular release date, saying only that it would have the device "later this year."


Apple close to Russian deals, making tough terms?

08/18, 3:10pm

Russian iPhone deals near?

Apple is nearing an agreement to sell the iPhone in Russia, says Vedomosti. The regional publication cites inside sources, who claim that two out of the three major cellular carriers in Russia -- Megafon and VimpelCom -- are on the verge of signing a deal to distribute the iPhone. The only stumbling block at present is said to be bulk orders, as Apple may want carriers to accept unusually large quantities of the phone all at once -- between 1 to 1.5 million units each, for a total of 3 to 4.5 million for the whole country.



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