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Czech carrier refuses iPhone 4S, dumps earlier iPhones citing Apple’s business terms

Zach Epstein
November 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Czech carrier Telefonica Czech Republic will not sell Apple’s new iPhone 4S smartphone, one of the fastest-selling consumer electronics devices to launch in recent history. According to a recent report from local Czech newspaper Hospodarske Noviny, the carrier will also stop selling all prior iPhone models. Details are limited, but a spokesperson for the carrier cited Apple’s business terms as the reason for the decision. Telefonica Czech Republic’s Hany Farghali did not elaborate, though Apple’s iPhone reportedly commands a much higher carrier subsidy than competing smartphone models — as much as 40% higher, reports claim — and that could be a factor. Telefonica Czech Republic’s local competition, operated by Vodafone and T-Mobile, began selling the iPhone 4S late last month.

[Via Bloomberg]

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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