Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Jul 2013 17:08 UTC
Apple "All three major Russian cellcos have stopped selling the iPhone, the most dramatic instance so far in a rising tide of operator backlash against Apple's tough contractual requirements. VimpelCom has severed its ties with the handset provider, following in the footsteps of MTS and MegaFon. VimpelCom says it has put Samsung at the top of its list of smartphones to promote under its BeeLine brand. According to PhoneArena, VimpelCom blamed 'draconian contracts' and 'harsh conditions [...] especially in the marketing department' for its decision to dump the iPhone and sign a new deal with Samsung." Apple's treatment of carriers has long been a sore point, however, carriers didn't have much choice. Now that the iPhone is by far no longer the only big money maker, carriers have more leverage.
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Why on earth do data carriers even have anything to do with mobile phone sales?

I don't buy a car from the people who maintain the roads; I don't buy food from the people who build kitchens and sell appliances. I don't even buy a landline phone from the phone company -- I buy it from an electronics store.

Personally I prefer to buy my mobile phones the same way, direct from the manufacturer, and pick my carrier and SIM card on my own. But, here in the US that's very much the exception...

It's because consumers are sold on the idea that they're getting their new, top of the range, phone for free (obviously consumers still pay for it - just via the carriers contract).

So it's more akin to ISPs giving customers a free router and Sky / Cable companies giving customers a free set top box.

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