SOUTH KOREA will not have to worry about a rash of people complaining about buying broken Iphone 4s this year.
The country is a little miffed that Steve Jobs does not think it is important enough to peddle his rubber band powered phone there.
According to the Wall Street Journal, South Korea was been dropped from Apple's list of markets that will get the Iphone 4 this week, and the news media in South Korea have accused the company of lying about the reason for that decision.
Apple claimed that the reason that South Korea would not get the Iphone 4 was that it was going to take a long time to get government approval. This statement was a surprise to Korea Telecom (KT), the outfit that flogs the Iphone in South Korea, and South Korean government officials, who repealed nontariff trade barriers just to let Jobs' Mob get its foot in the door.
The South Korean communications regulator said neither Apple nor KT had submitted the Iphone 4 for approval there.
The chief of KT's mobile division, Pyo Hyun-mung sent a message by Twitter saying there was no change in the July 30 launch date and the company would soon produce an official statement.
However suddenly he changed his tune claiming, along with Steve Jobs, that it is taking longer to prepare for regulatory approval, and said, "KT will now launch Iphone 4 in the coming months."
It seems that something else might be going on here and it is not the government that is involved. The local press thinks that Apple has told KT it wants more cash for its exclusive contract and the two companies are haggling about contract terms for the next-generation model.
Apple is taking a bit of a battering in South Korea at the moment. The media has turned against Apple and one newspaper even went as far as posing the question in a headline, "Jobs lied, didn't he?". While a consumer rights group has waded into the outfit for treating customers badly.
One in ten Iphone users have rung up to complain to the group after the Iphone 3GS made its debut. Goodness knows how many complaints it will get after the Iphone 4 arrives in Korea.
It is possible that Apple does not want to release the Iphone 4 in a country where users might complain and then get taken to the cleaners for selling a flawed product. µ
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