In a breaking news story, Russia news site Vedomosti has reported that Russia will begin selling iPhones legally next year.
This piece of news was given by Yevgeny Butman, the Moscow director of Apple IMC, the Apple vendor for Russia.
No single carrier has yet announced plans to sell it, but any operator will be welcome. Megafona has confirmed it is in talks with Apple, but no exclusivity deals will be signed when it is launched. In order to buy the iPhone, however, a contract with that particular mobile provider will be required just as it currently is in many other countries.
According to market research, there are currently around 470,000 unlocked iPhones in use in Russia.
At this particular moment there are not many details, but with talks underway it seems very reasonable that Russia will be selling the iPhone sometime in 2009.
We will keep you posted on any additional details we can get our hands on!
via Vedomosti (in Russian)
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