August 17, 2018 / 7:26 AM / a year ago

Turk Telekom, Turkey's Vestel clinch deal after Erdogan call to snub iPhone

An advertisement for Venus Z20 mobile phone is seen at a Vestel store in Istanbul, Turkey August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish fixed-line operator Turk Telekom said on Friday that it clinched a cooperation deal with Vestel after President Tayyip Erdogan called on Turks to use locally-made mobile phones instead of Apple’s iPhone.

Vestel will be able to use Turk Telekom’s sales infrastructure for its smart phones, the statement said, adding the campaign is expected to begin at the end of the year.

Reporting by Ceyda Caglayan; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Daren Butler

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