The short answer to Why Slovenia wonâ€™t get iPhone anytime soon is that it wouldnâ€™t make sense.
When Apple failed to bring iPhone 3G to Slovenia earlier this year, a thousand fanboy voices cried in frustration. Yet when analyzing the ecosystem around iPhone, it makes complete sense.
iPhone is not just a fancy smart phone. Itâ€™s also a way to:
- buy ITunes music store
- figure out where you are (Google Maps)
- Get the best localized experience333
This means that when bringing iPhone 3G to Slovenia, Apple would have to not only localize the iPhone itself, but also introduce iTunes music store, make sure Google Maps are good enough (they arenâ€™t precise enough yet) and localize a number of services like MobileMe that are often subscribed to by users to provide even better iPhone/Mac integration.
Thereâ€™s also a neat trick that Apple does in other countries for iPhone subscribers – free WiFi hotspots/cloud access for iPhone. This greatly increases experience as youâ€™re not limited to the spotty 3G coverage if youâ€™re in correct urban areas. Slovenia has only one true WiFi cloud thatâ€™s well known enough – Neo Wlan, operated by the Telekom group.
Without all these domino pieces fallingÂ together, itâ€™s hard to believe Apple would want to enter Slovenian market with iPhone and deliver worse experience than in other countries. Above facts also mean that just buying an unlocked iPhone will not provide you with the true spirit of iPhone experience.
[Thereâ€™s always a chance Iâ€™m just bitter that I donâ€™t have one] 😉