The largest Russian mobile phone operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has agreed with Apple to distribute iPhones in Russia starting from October, reported Reuters. MTS had more than 87 million subscribers at the end of July 2008, including almost 62 million subscribers in Russia. 17 million people access Internet from mobile phones in Russia, making the country ranked 4th in mobile phone penetration.
MTS‘ major competitor VimpelCom (Beeline) recently agreed with Research In Motion (RIM) to exclusively sell the BlackBerry 8800 smartphone to corporate Beeline subscribers in Russia.
Beeline and MTS were named the best Russian brands in 2007.
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Update: According to business daily Vedomosti, all three major Russian mobile phone operators will begin selling iPhones in upcoming fall. The newspaper reported that Beeline and Megafon committed to sell 1.5 million iPhones each over the next two years while MTS committed to sell 1 million iPhones over the next three years. The average iPhone selling price will be $1,000 per phone.