This is the first sign that Apple might work with multiple operators in certain markets. Could that be the Middle East?
AppleInsider reports that Tim Cook, Apple’s COO, has said that the company is not married to the single operator model. He also said that Apple has to take into consideration that in some markets most users are on prepaid, not postpaid, plans.
He also said that the aggressive hacking of the iPhone in markets where the device is not yet available officially, is an indicator that there is demand in those markets..
I know that Apple want to provide with a great experience (like visual voice mail, which I personally don’t care about). I also know that they love to take more money from operators.
But Buy is Apple missing out on the Middle East. While Nokia launches one phone after the other in this region (sometimes before other regions, by the way), Apple has delayed the Middle Eastern launch of the iPhone far too long in my opinion.
When will Apple start treating the region as a real market? People are coming back to the Mac and everyone know how phone crazed this region is.
Apple’s attitude toward the region baffles me.
Let’s see if the rumors of carrier independence come true.