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: But in America
by JAlexoid on Fri 19th Jul 2013 13:31 UTC in reply to "But in America"
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Here in the USA "Carriers have more leverage" is not exactly sweet music. The only leverage that is good is when we customers have more leverage.

Yes carriers having more leverage over supply contracts, not service contracts.
iPhone made little impact on the power of the consumer against the carriers in US. You still pay a lot and get not so much. Apple however got a lot of negotiating power with the carriers in US. Over here in EU, iPhones reintroduced operator hardware locking.

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