Apple skipping Singapore for iPhone launch?

We all know what the main hurdles to having an official iPhone launch in Singapore are.

1. Setting up an iTunes Store for Singapore

2. Breaking the local laws on locking handphones to a single provider

Well, seems that the hurdles are too high a barrier for Apple to break in order to sell iPhones officially to this small country.

According to a relatively reliable source, the local telcos are reportedly unhappy with Apple trying to get too huge a share of the profits and after looking at the number of unofficial iPhones already existing on their networks, the local telcos might have already given up trying for an official launch. Apple, on the other hand, have both found the possible profits (or the lack of) from having an official iPhone in Singapore unworthy of spending their time and resources here.

According to yet another source, Apple Singapore refuses to even give any unofficial comments as to if there will be an official launch in Singapore.

Looks like Singaporeans will have to resort to using the better iPhone, the unlocked one.


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