Mobily’s CIO Mr Medhat Amer has issued a few statements about the iPhone 4 in Saudi Arabia and Mobily’s plans using Twitter.
I have translated them from Arabic:
â€¢ the countdown for the iPhone 4 official launch in Saudi Arabia has begun. Let me explain a few points first.
â€¢ As usual stock will not be enough and the reason as I said before is that Apple is providing a limited number of devices so please accept our apologies in advance.
â€¢ Our employees will not have a priority on buying an iPhone 4 before customers.
â€¢ Mobily’s goal is spreading mobile Internet and we do not aim to profit on iPhone 4 sales. So we expect our iPhone 4 prices to be competitive.
â€¢ We will try provide a twitter service to help customers find the nearest Mobily branch with iPhone 4 stock. Some of the branch managers are already on Twitter and they will provide help as well.
â€¢ (question about RAQI VIP customers being able to reserve) Good idea but the quantities are too low to implement it.
â€¢ (question: we hope the prices are better than Jarir’s 5,000SR) The price should be the lowest in the Kingdom. Some stores sell it at double the price and they will most likely reduce the price once Mobily start selling the iPhone 4.
â€¢ Prices are still under consideration and we did not announce it. But we hope you will like it. Mobily’s goal is not to profit from the hardware.
â€¢ (question about warranty) Mobily is only responsible for the iPhones that they sell (Khaled adds: another reason for We Want Apple Saudi Arabia).
â€¢ (question about some stores cheating the system, buying iPhones from Mobily then reselling them) We have a limit of 1 per person, there is no way to stop 10 different people from buying an iPhone for the same store.
â€¢ No reservations this year because it was not successful.
Arabic version of this post on SaudiMac Arabic Edition.