With the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia has been in the center of the spotlight, if not always for the most positive of reasons. But here is a bit of good news out of the country.
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iPhone again available from Russia’s second-biggest carrier

Customers and staff are seen through the partially cleaned window of a Megafon shop in Moscow

With the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia has been in the center of the spotlight, if not always for the most positive of reasons. But here is a bit of good news out of the country. Four year after their last agreement with Apple expired, Russia’s second-largest wireless provider Megafon has resumed sales of the iPhone.

Megfon and Russia’s other major carriers Vimplecom and MTS lost their direct contract with Apple in 2009 after being unable to meet expected sales volume. In 2013, Vimplecom inked a new deal with Apple while MTS offers the iPhone but buys its supply from third-party distributors. Megafon’s new deal with Apple is for a period of three years.

Unlike many other regions, the iPhone has had a hard time catching on in Russia. Reuters notes the company holds a 20 percent share of the $6.5 billion market in terms of money but accounted for only 9 percent of devices sold. Last year Apple opened an online store targeting the country.

[via Reuters]

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