On signing the final contract between Apple and the three largest Russian operators report sources close to the transaction.
Home sales scheduled for September 26, but since the certification iPhone has not yet passed, which may take 1, 5-2 months, this date may be moved at the beginning of October. Under the terms of the contract, VimpelCom and Megafon undertake to sell for two years to 1, 5 million phones, and ITT should realize 1 million over 3 years.
It remains, in the U. S. office of Apple refused to comment, as well received by representatives of mobile operators. However, Petr Semenov from Maczone (official dealer Apple) confirms the fact of negotiating on sales phone between his company and all three operators. Svyaznoy also said that in its salons will appear iPhone.
Phone will be distributed, according to the source in the cellular company, at a price of $ 1000 with the possibility of a change of operator. Another scheme would occur Consumer with the first installment of $ 200 and binding contract. According to the Mobile Research Group analyst Eldar Murtazin, operators will buy iPhone for $ 399.
Sovladelets Evroseti Yevgeny Chichvarkin believes that in Russia such a device should not sold cheaper than $ 700, otherwise the iPhone will buy from us and to kick up a din around the world - tying mechanism is not working. In the second quarter of 2008 the average price of the phone in Russia, according to the MForum Analytics, was $ 259. In doing so, Victoria Eremina Nokia representative said that no threats to the positions of the Finnish company in connection with the official start of sales iPhone.