Laura Goldman: Israelis asking where is Apple’s iPhone?

“Many Israelis need or at least covet an iPhone. Although Apple signed sellign agreements with more than 70 countries including our Arab neighbors, it did not sign one in Israel,” Laura Goldman…

MacDailyNews Note: Yes, that Laura Goldman…

… writes for her “Nakedisraeli’s Weblog.”

Goldman writes, “Thousands of Israelis have banded together on Facebook to protest to Apple. In my opinion. they are protesting to the wrong corporation. I suspect that the two major cellphone providers in the country, Cellcom and Partner, have refused to make a deal with Apple because they do not want to subsidize the cost of the iPhone.”

Goldman writes, “The problem with living in a county with no competition and many oligopolies is that service and new product introductions suffer.”

Full article here.

In this case, we have to – gulp – agree with Goldman (ouch) that Israelis who are protesting Apple to get iPhone into their country are protesting the wrong company.

51 Comments

  1. And Israel is not the only one, albeit a very glaring one. Among the countries that don’t have an agreement, very many of them have the potential market significantly greater than some of the countries that have announced the agreement (such as Lichtenstein, for example). For the most part, the reason is failure on the part of some local carrier to take the initiative, or to agree on conditions.

    At least, there will be unlocked versions elswhere in the world, so we’ll see iPhone in Israel (and other places) regardless of local carriers’ refusal to listen to its customers. Too bad these customers will have to pay a steep price in order to get what they want.

  2. The problem with living in a county with no competition and many oligopolies is that service and new product introductions suffer.”

    If that didn’t come from a Jewish person it would smack of anti-semitism.

  3. The cellphone companies should be the primary targets for the petitioners, but Apple is a piece of the puzzle. These two companies may not feel that Apple’s requirements are reasonable in terms of their own profitability or long term welfare.

    It seems to me that petitioning both the cellphone companies and Apple is worth a shot. But I wouldn’t harbor high expectations of success.

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