IPhone 4 to Come to Russia This Fall
- By Igor Tsukanov
- Jun. 09 2010 00:00
- Last edited 22:11
VimpelCom will start selling the new iPhone 4 in September or October, the mobile operator said.
VimpelCom and Apple are currently negotiating shipping details on Apple's latest version of its best-selling smartphone, which was presented by Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Monday.
VimpelCom expects sales of the iPhone 4 to be “at least comparable” to sales of previous iPhone models, company spokeswoman Anna Aibasheva said.
She refused to comment on the price or any other details of the deal with Apple.
The new iPhone is priced at $199 to $299 in the United States, depending on storage capacity.
Apple's three Russian partners — VimpelCom, MTS and MegaFon — have sold iPhones since fall 2008.
MegaFon official Roman Prokolov said he expected all three mobile operators to start selling the iPhone 4 at the same time. He did not elaborate.
MTS is negotiating an iPhone 4 deal with Apple, company spokesman Irina Osadchaya said, without elaborating.
MTS expects to start receiving shipments in September or October, a source close to MTS said.
The IPhone 4 is the world's thinnest smartphone (9.3 mm) and has the best quality of display, an 8.89-centimeter screen with 960 x 640 resolution. It also has front and back cameras, a powerful battery and a 3-axis gyroscope coupled with an accelerometer to provide 6-axis motion sensing.
Sales in the United States, France, Germany, Japan and Britain will begin June 24.
In July, 18 more countries will be added — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland and Italy, as well as Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
A total of 88 countries will have the iPhone 4 available by October, although a representative of Apple in Russia refused to specify whether this includes Russia.
Contracts with Apple require MTS to purchase about 1.5 million iPhones from 2008 to 2011; VimpelCom, 1.5 million though October; and MegaFon, 1 million during the same period.
The operators refuse to disclose sales figures, but MTS has said it has only purchased 0.4 percent of the whole amount of iPhones that it was contracted to buy from October 2008 to August 2011 in 2009.