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  • October 15th iPhone Launch in Israel May Be Delayed

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    The global expansion continues for the iPhone as word comes today that Apple has approached the Antitrust Authority to ensure that its "activity with Israel's cellular operators" will be legal.

    Globes reported this morning that, at present, the iPhone is scheduled for availability in Israel October 15th. However, there may be obstacles ahead of launch that could delay the iPhone's release - at least temporarily - in Israel.

    Apple and Israel's cellular operators want to prevent a delay in the launch and meet the planned timetable. Because of the upcoming holidays, Apple is unlikely to reach an understanding with the Antitrust Authority by the planned iPhone launch date, and it is doubtful if the launch will take place on time.
    Some analysts believe that the iPhone and smartphone technology finding greater distribution in the Middle East is a monumental
    achievement far beyond just advancements in technology and commerce. Many see it as a global community growing closer, which, in turns, makes the world a safer, more open place.

    Political ramifications aside, the test for now is complicated by factors including Apple's policy to not allow cellular operators (including Israel's operators) to put their own logo on iPhones.

    It requires operators to sell the iPhone at a fixed price and to subsidize it to some degree, and compels them to use its only own material and marketing campaigns, and has made a slew of other very specific demands as well. These raise serious restraint of trade questions, especially since the issue involves the sale of a device by three operators who dominate the market.
    If the launch is to take place on October 15th, the three primary cellular operators in Israel will "launch the iPhone

    Traditionally, Apple likes to piecemeal together the introduction of the iPhone to a new, unfamiliar geographic location in order, as the Globes piece asserted, "to differentiate the device and improve sales." But where problems may now lie is in Apple's assumed agreement to let the iPhone roll out with three different, competing operators right out of the gate. Whether this constitutes a "restraint of trade" is yet to be seen.

    The countdown to October 15th is on.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: October 15th iPhone Launch in Israel May Be Delayed started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      That sucks...womp...womp...wwwwOOOOMMMMMPPPP! What are the upcoming holidays ,anyway?
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      The PLO cares.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      LOL, What he said!!
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Dont really care... There are enough gray market phones over there already...
    1. dstorrents's Avatar
      dstorrents -
      iPhones are all over the place here in Israel, and have been for quite a while. It will be nice when it becomes official with the local carriers. Although, it will be a huge (yet pleasant) surprise if Apple has the power to force the three greedy carriers to subsidize anything.
    1. jacobzking's Avatar
      jacobzking -
      +1 lol
    1. lor443's Avatar
      lor443 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      What a bunch of ignorant F@CKS you all are...
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      DISGUSTING! Why hasn't this comment been removed and this user banned?
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Any more flaming and the thread will be closed. The offending parties will be dealt with harshly. Grow up people.
    1. Ad1tya's Avatar
      Ad1tya -
      Even the Indian launch has been delayed from August to September and maybe October.

      Bad news for Apple, as because whoever really wanted the phone, already got it through Importers/Ebay.

      Sales figures will be BS for them again. Lol.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      my friend is israeli
      dont they have iphones there already?