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UK, Deutsche and Francais iPhone Carriers Announced Next Tuesday?

Apple is calling a press conference in London next Tuesday, which has some speculating that they are going to announce their European iPhone partners.

Apple calls on UK press as iPhone talk swirls – Yahoo News
Apple, whose slick, touch-screen device combines its popular iPod music player, a video player and Web browser, is expected to hand a UK sale deal to Spanish Telefonicas O2 UK unit, a German deal to Deutsche Telekoms T-Mobile and a French deal to France Telecoms Orange.

Apple declined to divulge details about the planned news conference in London, and an Apple spokesman in Germany said only that the company would announce which telecoms operators had clinched the sales deal by the end of September.

O2 in the UK iPhone Update

Earlier we reported the rumor that O2 beat out Vodafone for the right to distribute the iPhone in the UK, now other publications are carrying the story.

The Financial Times also indicates that O2 has prevailed over Vodafone and suggests that the UK iPhone will also be a 2.5G phone like the US model. Ireland’s Silicon Republic suggest that the European iPhone will indeed be a 3G device. Vodafone has an extensive 3G network, but it may be that Apple is using the same strategy in Europe as they did in the US, when they partnered with also-ran AT&T/Cingular. Partnering with a 2nd or 3rd place carrier gives Apple more leverage, and, if the partnership is successful, puts them in a very strong position for dealing with other carriers.

Vodafone wants the iPhone Action in Europe

Monday has come and nearly gone, and not unexpectedly, there was no big european iPhone announcement.

On the other hand Ars Technica is reporting that Vodafone, which has the most complete european 3G network, was dazzled by the US iPhone launch and is pushing to get a piece of the action in europe.

No word on 3G yet, but sources tell Ars Technica that after these sales figures, Vodafone is “pushing hard” for the deal. Interestingly, Vodafone (headquartered in the UK) owns 50 percent of Verizon, which apparently passed on the iPhone. But serious negotiations are ongoing, and a deal could be announced within the month.