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Monday, 13 December 2010 11:18

Apple fanboy Prime Minister orders government to buy tablets

Written by Nick Farell
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Rush to create cheaper ones
Out-of-touch Apple fanboy Prime Minister Karim Massimov has created a problem for the government workers in Kazakhstan. Apparently he was so miffed that they were not able to answer his emails that he wrote out a demand that all government workers needed to have “a tablet” computer with them.

"Please carry tablet computers at all times," he said at a government meeting in October. "I can send you a message any time, and, as some of you know, I aim to reply within ten minutes. Some of you have not replied to me for three days."

Massimov is such an Apple fanboy that owning an iPad is seen as a mark of loyality to the Prime Minister. Few of his closest aids would be seen without one. Of course that would be ok for Massimov, as he is not short of a bob or two. However most government workers cannot afford an iPad, which Massimov's favourite manufacturer refuses to discount to poorer countries.

If Massimov had not specified "a tablet", workers would be able to buy netbooks which do all the same things. However since Steve Jobs says that people need tablets Massimov wants them all to have expensive tablets. Kazakhstan is a soft state with huge amounts of dosh made in the oil industry but not much getting down to the workers of the former Soviet republic who still have low salaries.

Now Bolat Basheyev, chief executive of Arta, an Astana-based software company on Friday announced plans to launch a 'Kazakh iPad' to take advantage of the surging demand. We doubt that Massimov will be pleased as it looks like the Kazahh iPad will be a lot better and cheaper than the Apple version. It will have USB ports, a camera, and a number of pre-installed programs designed for corporate use. It will cost about $500, compared to $1,200 for Apple iPads imported to Kazakhstan.

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+26 #1 Jermelescu 2010-12-13 11:59
Apple fag is gay.
 
 
+5 #2 Naterm 2010-12-13 12:29
What another crock. Apple doesn't discount to consumers in poor countries? Please tell use of a Western Company that does. You think and XB360 is any cheaper in Brazil because it's a 'poor country'?
 
 
+9 #3 Bors Mistral 2010-12-13 14:50
No, the 360 and electronics in general are more expensive in Brasil because the government is wacko...
 
 
+7 #4 3doog 2010-12-13 16:15
From my experience, luxury goods are often more expensive in less develop country, in my country a Porsche 911 Turbo cost roughly $600,000
 
 
+8 #5 gamoniac 2010-12-13 17:07
Quoting 3doog:
From my experience, luxury goods are often more expensive in less develop country, in my country a Porsche 911 Turbo cost roughly $600,000


Yep, in Malaysia, heavy import tax increases the price of a base-model Honda Accord to US$ 46K, enough to buy a Porsche Boxter in the US. A base-model Accord is only $22K in the US.
 
 
-4 #6 kartikkg 2010-12-13 17:57
Kazakhstan is not a poor country :-)
 
 
+4 #7 breakfastpants 2010-12-14 03:09
Those 3 government employees must sure be happy.
 
 
+1 #8 DJDestiny 2010-12-14 21:52
Oh sure , "You utter pirate ." - James May
 
 
+1 #9 thomasg 2010-12-15 18:09
For example, Microsoft's products are cheaper in developing countries.
Quoting Naterm:
What another crock. Apple doesn't discount to consumers in poor countries? Please tell use of a Western Company that does. You think and XB360 is any cheaper in Brazil because it's a 'poor country'?
 

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