Aug 14 2018

Turkey will find U.S. electronics boycott tough – Bloomberg

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called for a boycott of U.S. consumer electronics, but it may be more difficult than he thinks, Bloomberg said.

Erdoğan gave the examples of Samsung phones from South Korea and Vestel phones from Turkey as possible alternatives to the Apple iPhone in a speech announcing the boycott on Tuesday.

But most Vestel phones use chips manufactured by Qualcomm, a U.S. company, and the Android operating system developed by Google in San Francisco, Bloomberg said.

Very few mobile phones in existence run on software not developed by U.S. companies, making a full boycott very difficult.

However, Vestel’s shares went up to an all-time high following the namecheck by Erdoğan, Bloomberg said.…