November 3, 2011 7:30 AM GMT
I read a Bloomberg article last week detailing how Telefonica's Czech division is refusing to carry the iPhone 4S and will ditch Apple's previous smartphones from its range.
The carrier reportedly refuses to play ball with Apple's commercial model any longer, which made me wonder. What happens if other operators follow suit?
We already know the iPhone is regarded as a 'must have' device by carriers - look how hard Verizon fought for a CDMA version, for example - but we also know Apple's secretive commercial model leaves little room for operators to profit from the device. In effect, operators sell the devices due to a fear of not having it in their lineup, rather than huge income.
I wonder if the tide is starting to turn, and telco's patience with Apple beginning to wane?