Apple Closing In On Russian iPhone Deal, Launch Date Soon?

According to Bloomberg News, Apple may be nearing an agreement with OAO VimpelCom and OAO MegaFon, Russia’s second and third largest wireless carriers, to finally bring the iPhone 3G to Russia officially. Rumor has it that they may start selling the device as early as this week, with Apple hoping both companies buy over a million phones each.

As we know, the iPhone is already very popular in Russia since it was unlocked. While this would have been bad news for a 2G iPhone launch, it should mean that the iPhone 3G should sell very well in the country, and U.S. analysts suspect that a successful launch will let Apple reach their goal of 10 million iPhones sold within this year.

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