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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Tides have turned...
by krreagan on Thu 18th Jul 2013 00:13 UTC
krreagan
Member since:
2008-04-08

Wow" the fact that this discussion is happening without tong-in-cheek is pretty fucking amazing!!!!!

How long ago were all of you, and me, bitching about the telecoms and how they had us by the balls and were charging us a butt load for shitty service and really crappy phones with virtually no function beyond that of a basic phone!

Now the telecoms are the underdog getting the sympathy?

Holy fuck! Talk about a 180!

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RE: Tides have turned...
by Soulbender on Thu 18th Jul 2013 01:33 in reply to "Tides have turned..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

How long ago were all of you, and me, bitching about the telecoms and how they had us by the balls and were charging us a butt load for shitty service and really crappy phones with virtually no function beyond that of a basic phone!


You know that's mainly a U.S problem, right? I've always been able to buy a cheap phone from any store.

Holy fuck! Talk about a 180!

For most of the world, not really.

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RE[2]: Tides have turned...
by ricegf on Thu 18th Jul 2013 11:16 in reply to "RE: Tides have turned..."
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

You know that's mainly a U.S problem, right? I've always been able to buy a cheap phone from any store.


I've been able to buy any GSM phone I wanted to use with non-contract T-Mobile service in the USA for many years (T-Mobile uses the same radio bands as Europe, which helps). They even provided technical support for a problem I had with my N900.

The other three "major carriers", not so much.

So it surprises me that T-Mobile is still the smallest of the four.

Go figure.

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