Apple Execs to Meet With Russian Distributors Over Upcoming iPhones

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    Apple executives are traveling to Russia this week to meet with the company's top retailers and distributors in the country, reports TechCrunch. At the meetings, execs are said to be discussing tactics to increase sales and supplies in Russia, as well as covering which iPhone models will be sold.
    As with China Mobile in China and DoCoMo in Japan, Apple has had trouble securing deals with Russian carriers. After Russia's largest carrier, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), opted to stop selling the iPhone in 2012 over contractual disagreements, Apple's only iPhone distribution in the country has been through third-party retailers. Supplies in the country are routed through a single distributor and often constrained, an issue which Apple appears to be looking to fix.
    In Russia, carriers and retailers are unable to offer subsidized pricing. High taxes also make the iPhone expensive in the country, and Apple's contracts often require carriers to purchase a large number of phones. Though that's a daunting prospect with the standard iPhone, the lower-cost iPhone that Apple is developing could be more appealing to consumers, retailers, and carriers, in terms of supply and cost.

    Despite the fact that iPhones in Russia are sold outside of carriers, Tim Cook noted during Apple's third quarter earnings call that iPhone activations in Russia were at an all time high. He also said that Apple was seeking other relationships in the country to "add and enhance" the current ones.

    Apple's iPhone 5S and lower-cost iPhone 5C are expected to debut during a September 10 iPhone event. While rumors have suggested that the phone will launch on September 20 in multiple countries, Russia often gets its iPhone supplies several months after launch.

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    They'll never break the market until they make a vodka-flavoured one.
     
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    darn, so close with the champagne one :)
     
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    Is it the best you've got?:cool:

    How very stereotypical.

    Go get a burger for trying:D
     
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    I must break you!
     
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    Cue "in mother Russia" jokes.

    I really picture a meeting with the Russian mafia and Tim Cook.
     
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    Leave the vodka market to Samsung.

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    Apple is targeting the oligarch segment. Champagne goes great with caviar. :D
     
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    What? No "in communist Russia" jokes?

    Or is that "in soviet Russia"?
     
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    I prefer vodka to burgers TBH. If Apple had a vodka-flavoured iPhone and a iPad Burger, I'd take the phone in a heartbeat.
     
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    Obligatory: In Soviet Russia, iPhone Sell You!


    Happy? :)
     

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