August 4th 2008
By Mike Flaminio
Quoting Evgeny Butman, the director of Apple's official Russian distributor, on the Russian-language news site Vedomosti, Bloomberg reports that the iPhone will go on sale in that country next year.
Customers will have to sign up for contracts with Russian phone carriers at the time of purchase and no single carrier will have exclusive rights to the iPhone, says Vedomosti.
It is believed that 470,000 unlocked iPhones are already in use in Russia.
Steve Jobs had previously said that the iPhone would go on sale in Russia and China by the end of this year.