Only in the US can Apple still get the cellular operators to continue signing these silly deals.
The cellular operators outside the US aren't stupid and aren't signing these silly deals with Apple because they know the consumers aren't as brand conscious and look for more value.
cdnj, 12 Jul 2013I agree. Apple helped change the way we use phones. But they became greedy and arrogant. Th... moreI agree they,re too costly and there are beeter android phones that are cheaper with better specs,hope other carriers will follow worldwide so that they,all lower their price.
bob, 13 Jul 2013Apple committed suicide by forming it's own closed smart phone community in an open world. Eve... moreI don't completely disagree with you, but Apple have done this from the start and it had no obvious impact on the success of the iPhone, nor does it seem to now.
The benefit of a closed system is that you can guarantee quality and performance, which is what Apple products are all about. Again, the golden rule is to get it right for 80% of your customers. Apple is and always will be "niche", with its price tag and quality and all. Proprietary cables, etc. are a nuisance, I agree.
That the russian networks are dropping iPhone is not really surprising. If Apple saw no potential in Russia, they wouldn't be building physical stores there. And God knows that some of the richest people in the world live in Moscow, so they will just walk in and buy whatever they want outright.
if i am not wrong Apple must preparing for big horse to win the smartphone Battle race.
Apple committed suicide by forming it's own closed smart phone community in an open world. Everything is proprietary. This is not the first time Apple suffocated itself. They did that with their Apple Mac computers and now they are doing it again with their smart phones.
Apple ruined the smartphone market all we get now is boring souless miserable slab after boring souless miserable slab,,yes Apple ruined all design boring the backside off me every phone is the same over and over and over and over and over again...
People are more aware of Apple policies and rules now. One reason why Android is booming.
iXperia 4eva, 12 Jul 2013im glad to hear this news, so more hopes to make apple disappear from the whole GLOBE!
are u sure with ur comment?
make sense @_@
Duel, 13 Jul 2013Greedy and arrogent? I havent noticed, what you mean by that? By the way, sorry to tell thi... moreNope! You are wrong! The upcoming iphone devices would be boring and clearly outdated
This article doesn't matter.
When Apple opens their stores in Russia and the customers can get their hands on all the new stuff, their sales will go through the roof.
You can do more with iOS7 than Windows Phone anyway.
Duel, 12 Jul 2013Why you want that? Apple changed the whole way how we use phones these days, and also apple pu... moreI agree with you that apple revolutionized the world of smart phones but stopped there where others today provide much better phones with much better features at half or a third of the cost. Apple seemed to have died with Steve Jobs.
None of this matters.
Russians can go into an apple store or online and buy the iPhone.
All it means is that it won't be subsidized. The iPhone isn't subsidized in Asia either. No phone is.
samsung rules, 12 Jul 2013A phone with premium build materials which is actually not luxurious but cheap in reality, out... more1) maps are very good. You can also use Google maps.
2) Siri doesn't mislead. Explain how.
3) The difference in cost to build an iPhone 5 and a Galaxy S4 is $23 bucks. Mostly it's the bigger screen on the Galaxy.
So saying that the iPhone 5 is "cheap" is just a lie isn't it?
iXperia 4eva, 12 Jul 2013im glad to hear this news, so more hopes to make apple disappear from the whole GLOBE! You want to make Apple disappear so that everyone can buy the phones YOU approve of. That just sounds great for consumers.
Another stat http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_vendor-RU-daily-20130301-20130711
Interestingly apple is number one by very clear margin.
Duel, 12 Jul 2013Why you want that? Apple changed the whole way how we use phones these days, and also apple pu... moreProbably their usefulness have run its course. Now there are different set of rivals, Microsoft + Nokia vs Google + Rest of the world - Apple
cdnj, 12 Jul 2013I agree. Apple helped change the way we use phones. But they became greedy and arrogant. Th... moreGreedy and arrogent? I havent noticed, what you mean by that?
By the way, sorry to tell this to you but apple isnt going anywhere in a looooonnnggg time, or if they are they are going up.
With iOS7 and upcoming iPhone and maybe upcoming low cost iPhone is more hotter than ever before. I think apple going to have great times this year and next.
Duel, 12 Jul 2013Why you want that? Apple changed the whole way how we use phones these days, and also apple pu... moreI agree. Apple helped change the way we use phones. But they became greedy and arrogant. Their patent trolling and litigations are just too annoying. I'll be happy to see the fall of Apple soon.