Jealousy can erupt between even the closest corporate friends. Samsung and Apple have as good a relationship as two gargantuan corps can have. But that isn't going to stop them from clashing over territory. Apple is starting to make a big impact on South Korea, much to Sammy's dismay.
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Korea Times reports that 500,000 iPhones have sold through March. That comes out to around 4,000 units/day. We're likely looking at 600,000 sales by the time April's numbers are counted. Samsung's Omnia II, which was marketed as an “iPhone killer”, isn't doing nearly as well. They've sold “only” 470,000. That sounds impressive, until you realize that the Omnia II has been out longer than the iPhone.
Samsung started acting sullen to KT, the South Korean carrier that holds the iPhone. For the last few months, they've been focusing their love (and best tech) on SK Telecom. How dare KT want to sell the iPhone!
At a seminar in the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), KT's Chairman took some time to yell at Samsung for their jerky behavior; they prevented KT from advertising their Omnia as a member of the Omnia II family, and hamstrung it with a lack of software support and advertising. As KT's Chairman put it, “The Show Omnia is an illegitimate son who can't call his father, father,”.
The issue here has nothing to do with SK Telecom or KT. It doesn't even have anything to do with Apple. Samsung, the giantest giant of the tech industry, can't compete with the iPhone. Despite their best efforts they have yet to make a single device on any market that has been able to top the iPhone in any meaningful way. That may change when the first wave of Bada handsets hits later this year.
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If Samsung wants to stay on top, it had better.