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  • Report: iPhone Sales Topped 1.6 Million in Russia Last Year


    Apple has finally made a major dent in the Russian smartphone market, according to freshly published data confirming that the iPhone maker sold 1.6 million units in Russia during the 2013 calendar year.

    This growth was made possible by the slow and steady adoption of the iPhone by leading Russian mobile carriers, most of which had delayed their embrace of the iPhone for a protracted period of time.

    iPhone sales in the country doubled last year to 1.57 million, bringing in $1 billion, according to researcher IDC. That's despite the fact that at midyear, none of Russia's top three wireless carriers were selling Apple's phones.
    Consequently, iPhone sales are now projected to grow much faster and more aggressively during 2014. Last year, 47 percent of mobile devices sold in Russia were smartphones, says Simon Baker, an analyst at IDC. According to Baker, smartphone adoption will only intensify this year, with iPhone leading the way.

    "Seeing flattening sales in the developed world, Apple is looking into the richer emerging markets," Baker tells Bloomberg. "Despite a slowing economy, Russians have a fairly good income and high propensity to spend it."

    Source: Bloomberg
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