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by Louis Bedigian.
OAO Mobile TeleSystems, the largest cellular service provider in
Russia, has no desire to go back to carrying
The carrier (which is also known simply as MTS) dropped the popular
smartphone last year after enduring years of high subsidies.
"Apple wants operators to pay them huge money, subsidizing iPhones
and their promotion in Russia," Andrei Dubovskov, CEO of MTS, told
Bloomberg. "Now it's not beneficial for us. It's good we stopped
selling the iPhone as these sales would've brought us a negative
MTS was able to drop the iPhone after experiencing a massive sales
) Windows Phone platform.
During the first quarter, Windows Phone handsets accounted for 8.2%
of all smartphones sold in Russia, amounting to sales of 315,000
units. One year earlier, Windows Phone devices only accounted for
5.1% of all units sold.
Comparatively, Apple's share of the market dropped from 9% to 8.3%.
This reinforced the belief that MTS had made the right decision.
"Those MTS users who need the iPhone are buying it one way or
another -- in a gray market or from independent retailers -- and
are still generating data revenue for us," Dubovskov told
This is not the first time that Microsoft's mobile platform has
encroached on Apple's territory. Earlier this year, Windows Phone
outsold the iPhone in seven nations. At the same time, Windows
) in 26 different markets.
According to CNET, Windows-based smartphones are also outselling
the iPhone in Estonia.
In December, DigiTimes Research projected that Windows Phone would
grow 150% in 2013. That same report also said that BlackBerry could
end up with just 3.7% of the smartphone market.
Thus far, BlackBerry has not been breaking many sales records at
retail. The company did break a few investors' hearts, however,
when it announced that it had sold 700,000 fewer units than
Windows Phone may be doing well in select markets, but it has a
long way to go before it can catch up to the iPhone's overall sales
During the March quarter alone, Apple sold 37.4 million iPhones.
) -- the primary manufacturer of Windows-based smartphones -- sold
5.6 million handsets.
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