A report produced by a traditional Russian publication stated that the country’s population has returned to using cell phones from the 1990s, known in Brazil as “bricks” because of their size and weight.
Since the beginning of the war with Ukraine, companies like Apple and Google have stopped selling devices officially in the country due to sanctions imposed by the West.
In addition, the two US companies, which lead the market for operating systems for mobile devices, also stopped sending updates to cell phones in Russia. That is, over time, smartphones will become just a piece of plastic with no communication use in the country.
According to the Russian vehicle Moskovskij Kosomoletsthe alternative for the Russians are the older cell phones, which have a rustic operating system and few functions beyond traditional calls, SMS text messages and games, such as Cobra.
This information was confirmed by Russian deputy Artem Kiryanov, who also heads the Economic Policy Committee of the Duma – the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia. Still according to the parliamentarian, attempts to sell domestic appliances have failed in recent times.
“Our attempts to make an operating system, to put it mildly, are not encouraging. We had Tigafon, which production became unprofitable. Rostec smartphones have not won the hearts of Russians either,” lamented Kiryanov.
An estimated 14,000 Rostec phones were produced in Russia, but only 400 were sold. The deputy believes that it is necessary to involve the trade sector to understand why the product did not reach the hands of the Russian population.
“In the coming years, it will be necessary to develop our own smartphone, which we will not be ashamed to hold in our hands.”
The head of the board of the Digital Economy Development Fund, Herman Klimenki, is more alarmist and compares the current situation in Russia with that experienced by the country after the fall of the Soviet Union.
“Formally, we can already say that the Russians carry ‘bricks’ in their pockets. The situation is almost the same as in the 1990s, when goods were brought to Russia by bus,” said Klimenki, according to the British portal. Daily Star.