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A 3G European iPhone, and What it Might Mean for the US

I’ve written a story for iPhone Unlocked about what Apple’s choice of European carrier will mean for iPhone users in the US. The bottom line:

  • European iPhones are due within 6 months
  • European iPhone will almost certainly be 3G
  • European iPhone will not be tied to carriers due to laws about offering unlocking for a reasonable fee

Read the full article for more analysis.
On a related note, Crave UK considers which UK carrier has the best shot at the iPhone.

T-Mobile German iPhone Update

Following up on our earlier post that T-mobile has secured the iPhone franchise in Germany, the story is now being picked up by a number of news outlets.

Fox News picks up the original story and adds that France Telecom’s Orange is expected to get the French iPone franchise.

The International Herald tribune adds that if T-mobile lands the deal, it probably means that Vodafone is out of the running in other countries as well.

Deutsche Welle notes that T-mobile also has a strong position in Eastern Europe which might put them in the front running in that area as well.

O2 Rumored to Score iPhone out from Under Vodafone in the UK

The Times is reporting that O2 has secured an exclusive iPhone deal in the UK.  This comes hot on the heels of press reports that T-mobile has sewn up the iPhone in the German market.

O2 Rumored to Beat out Vodafone and Other Rivals for UK iPod Exclusive
The Times newspaper in England is reporting that O2, which is owned by Spain’s Telefónica has sewn up exclusive UK rights to Apple’s iPhone when it is released in Europe later this year. Part of the deal apparently includes a share of ongoing services revenue being passed back to Apple.

This news comes just  a few hours after iPhone hackers revealed that the iPhone firmware had references to Vodafone and T-mobile, but not O2, and renewed rumors that Vodafone was going to be Apple’s UK partner.

Frankly, the rumors are flying fast and furious with respect to Apple’s European iPhone plans.  I won’t believe any of them until an official announcement is finally made.

O2 Rumored to Beat out Vodafone and Other Rivals for UK iPod Exclusive

The Times newspaper in England is reporting that O2, which is owned by Spain’s Telefónica has sewn up exclusive UK rights to Apple’s iPhone when it is released in Europe later this year. Part of the deal apparently includes a share of ongoing services revenue being passed back to Apple.

If true, this news is a huge blow for Vodafone, who many thought were going to prevail in their determination to land an iPhone deal. It also suggests that this is a rather late breaking deal, since Apple already has Vodafone graphics in the iPhone.

O2 beats rivals in battle for the rights to Apple’s iPhone – Times Online
O2 has beaten its rivals to win the exclusive UK rights to offer Apple’s iPhone. The tie-up, the mobile phone industry’s most sought-after deal in years, marks a major coup for the 18 million-customer group. The final contract is expected to be signed imminently.

I guess we shall have to wait and see what really happens.

Press reports iPhone deal with T-Mobile in Germany

Articles in the european press suggest the deals with Deutsche Telecom’s T-mobile for German coverage, and there are rumors Vodafone in the UK will be announced soon, with the phones debuting in the late fall or early winter.

The Rheinische Post said T-mobile will be offering the handset in Germany on November 1st for about €450 ($613/£304). Reuters also has the story

The rumors about an iPhone announcement with Vodafone still continue to churn. Though it just seems to be a rehash of the old rumor that the european iPhone would be announced last Monday.

Random Inactivity points out some holes in the story, noting that Guy Keyney, the source of the original rumor now says that the deal with Vodafone was held up by unhappiness with the contract terms. If that wasn’t believable enough, he comes up with some other reasons, saying that Vodafone is waiting for their to be 1M iPhone activations (that’s activations, not sales), before making their announcement. They ask:

1. Why would Vodafone wait for 1 million activations before announcing?

2. Why when every iPhone announcement so far has been made by Apple, would it allow Vodafone to announce a European launch?

Personally, I think that Guy Kewney is making things up and inventing very specific details to seem credible. It reminds me of the religious crazies who keep predicting the end of the world, and always have a reason when it doesn’t happen.

In any case, it seems likely that these phones will be 3G, since neither carrier has extensive EDGE networks in Europe.  This means that either Apple will have solved the problem with 3G chip power consumption, or Apple and the carriers have decided the decreaced battery life is acceptable.  Either way, it suggests that their might be 3G capable iPhones available in the US by winter.

Via Reghardware