Last year two Russian mobile phone operators, MTS and Vimpelcom (who owns Beeline), made headlines by deciding to drop the iPhone from their offerings. At the time both carriers said that Apple’s stringent contractual requirements were behind the decision to drop the most popular smartphone in the world. Now however it seems those carriers have had a major change of heart.

According to Reuters, both carriers want the iPhone back. Vimpelcom has taken the most direct route and signed a contract with Apple. But MTS has decided to acquire its iPhones through a third-party distributor so it does not have to agree to Apple’s contractual requirements. MTS said it will not, however, rule out signing a contract with Apple in the future.

Russian carriers that ditched the iPhone last year want it back originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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