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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RE[4]: Tides have turned...
by ricegf on Thu 18th Jul 2013 19:13 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Tides have turned..."
ricegf
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I wouldn't presume to debate you, as I have no references to coverage studies. I can say, howevere, that I've traveled to about 28 different continental states, and only had coverage issues in the farmland regions of Iowa. (I'm speaking of the past few years - in the early 2000's I had far more coverage issues, so much so that we switched to AT&T for several years until they covered the area we travel.)

Regardless of what you read on an Internet forum, though, every buyer should test coverage in the areas they frequent before committing to a carrier. T-Mobile has a program that enables you todo that cheaply and with no commitment. I suspect the others do as well.

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