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UK iPhone carriers announced

UK iPhone carriers announced

Oh sweet, sexy, delicious iPhone. How I wish you were mine.

The Apple iPhone has been a hot seller since its launch back in June. With over 500,000 units sold during its first weekend on store shelves, there's no doubt that it's on its way to becoming a top seller in the US. Unfortunately, that's the only country you could get it in. Until this Autumn, that is.

Apple signed an exclusive contract with T-Mobile of Germany, Orange of France and O2 in the UK earlier in the week that would give Apple 10 percent of the revenues made from calls and data transfers using the iPhone. All three mobile operators declined to comment on the contract but official announcements are expected at the IFA trade fair in Berlin later this month.

As in the US, don't expect to be able to pick up an iPhone for less then the currently unknown retail price because Apple won't be allowing the mobile operators to offer subsidies on the sales of the handset.

Unlike the US where AT&T has an exclusive deal to carry the iPhone, no single mobile operator has coverage in all of the major markets throughout Europe. Instead, Apple had to settle for partnering with a small handful of operators in order to reach all areas of the launch countries.

If you live in France, Germany or the UK, you can be sure you'll be able to get your own before this Christmas season. All other Europeans are unfortunately out of luck, as Apple has previously said that it wants to limit iPhone’s European launch this autumn to those countries. It will continue the roll-out elsewhere in Europe next year, when it will also launch in Asia.

Do you plan to be waiting outside the door the first day the iPhone is available in your area? Tell us just how much you want one over in the forums or down below in the comments section.

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atanum141 23rd August 2007, 16:21 Quote
Odd's on they are gonna bundle it with the most expensive tariffs avail on each network.
xrob 23rd August 2007, 16:24 Quote
I wish i cared.
naokaji 23rd August 2007, 16:31 Quote
Guys... i just want you to make sure you read that part aloud to everyone you meet.....
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As in the US, don't expect to be able to pick up an iPhone for less then the currently unknown retail price because Apple won't be allowing the mobile operators to offer subsidies on the sales of the handset.

we are talking about 30+ £ per month contracts here btw.....
leviathan18 23rd August 2007, 16:42 Quote
sub par phone with almost no availability and no unlocked or pay as you go no subside no nothing.... they dont know how to sell a phone let nokia do that
K 23rd August 2007, 16:45 Quote
This only pleases me because US Apple employees got free iPhones at US launch and I'm a UK employee already on O2. When I put two and two together I get a pretty hopeful 'YES PLS FREE PHONE THX'.
Firehed 23rd August 2007, 16:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by atanum141
Odd's on they are gonna bundle it with the most expensive tariffs avail on each network.
Doubt it - the US plan is pretty reasonably priced, especially considering what people were expecting plans to be. Apple doesn't want to scare people off because of high monthly fees on top of the already high price for the unit itself. I'd say it's worth it having owned one since day three or so, but they'd certainly sell more if it was cheaper.

But my bill is $60/month which includes unlimited data and rollover minutes, which isn't too bad by any means. More than I'd like, but so is anything over $10/month considering their costs. Oh well, it's not unreasonable considering the competing prices.
ArtificialHero 23rd August 2007, 16:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by K
This only pleases me because US Apple employees got free iPhones at US launch and I'm on a UK employee already on O2. When I put two and two together I get a pretty hopeful 'YES PLS FREE PHONE THX'.

I didn't know you worked for Apple....

TELL US TEH SEKRETS!!!!!11!!!1!!!one!!infinitytothepower0!!!
K 23rd August 2007, 17:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by ArtificialHero
I didn't know you worked for Apple....

TELL US TEH SEKRETS!!!!!11!!!1!!!one!!infinitytothepower0!!!

Well I've not even started yet, I start on the 7th next month.
Brooxy 23rd August 2007, 17:08 Quote
To be honest, I'll stick with my w880i thanks ;)
WildTangent 23rd August 2007, 17:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by K
Quote:
Originally Posted by ArtificialHero
I didn't know you worked for Apple....

TELL US TEH SEKRETS!!!!!11!!!1!!!one!!infinitytothepower0!!!

Well I've not even started yet, I start on the 7th next month.

Didn't Apple only extend this free iPhone to employees working for over a year or something? Or is my mind creating memories again...
specofdust 23rd August 2007, 17:18 Quote
I can't digg this down like I do with all Iphone stories on digg because, this isn't digg. But I wish I could.
ArtificialHero 23rd August 2007, 17:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by specofdust
I can't digg this down like I do with all Iphone stories on digg because, this isn't digg. But I wish I could.

... buried as lame.
K 23rd August 2007, 17:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by WildTangent
Didn't Apple only extend this free iPhone to employees working for over a year or something? Or is my mind creating memories again...

No, you are correct. I'm extending my fantasy to the fact that it's a new store though.

(don't worry, there is no logic in my fantastical assumptions really)
pendragon 23rd August 2007, 17:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by specofdust
I can't digg this down like I do with all Iphone stories on digg because, this isn't digg. But I wish I could.

^^what he said
wafflesomd 23rd August 2007, 17:57 Quote
Cool, now the U.K. can waste money on it.
hobbs 23rd August 2007, 18:06 Quote
i love how people bash the phone when the have never used it. I have one and its the greatest phone I have ever owned.
specofdust 23rd August 2007, 18:11 Quote
It's not about bashing it, it's about not giving a ****. This is bit-tech, we here like computers. The iphone is just a fricking phone. There are phones out there with better functions, but we don't hear a bazzillion stories about them now do we? I don't give a flying **** about phones frankly. If I was into them I'd find a phone enthusiast website, I don't want to see half of every tech websites front page dominated by Iphone stories simply because the apple cult (I typed another 4 letter word beginning with C there by accident :o - freudian slip) won't STFU about it.
wafflesomd 23rd August 2007, 18:16 Quote
I'm bashing it, and I've never used it.

This is probably because I use a phone for phone calls. I spent a whopping $50 on my phone. This phone is $600, and I would use it for the same thing. It's called wasting your money.

But go ahead, what do I care.
xion 23rd August 2007, 18:18 Quote
I for one welcome our new shiney plastic koolaid drinking overloards...

no, in all honesty, i'd love one... so i could sell it on ebay, make a mint, and buy a pretty decent phone for a tenth of the price... (running away from Nokia's after my 6280 experience!!!)
koola 23rd August 2007, 18:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by specofdust
This is bit-tech, we here like computers. I don't give a flying **** about phones frankly. If I was into them I'd find a phone enthusiast website.

What he said.
hobbs 23rd August 2007, 18:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
I'm bashing it, and I've never used it.

This is probably because I use a phone for phone calls. I spent a whopping $50 on my phone. This phone is $600, and I would use it for the same thing. It's called wasting your money.

But go ahead, what do I care.

i spent a whopping $100 on my 8gb iphone, but I just dont use it for the phone. It replaced my ipod, and now i have a web browser also. For 100 its an awesome phone,but 600 for a highschool student isnt worth it.
completemadness 23rd August 2007, 19:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by xrob
I wish i cared.
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Originally Posted by specofdust
It's not about bashing it, it's about not giving a ****. This is bit-tech, we here like computers.
QFT on both

Its a phone ffs, you make calls on it, maybe even send a text or two - the rest is just a waste of time and gimmicks IMO
GreatOldOne 23rd August 2007, 19:15 Quote
About time. I've been putting off getting a new phone for 6 months now, I'm out of contract with vodaphone, so iPhone & O2 here I come.

Where do I sign? :D
Korvaz 23rd August 2007, 19:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by GreatOldOne
About time. I've been putting off getting a new phone for 6 months now, I'm out of contract with vodaphone, so iPhone & O2 here I come.

Where do I sign? :D

On the dotted line, with the blood of your enemies, most likely. Meh, Apple. Style over Substance.
Sam0r 23rd August 2007, 19:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by K
Well I've not even started yet, I start on the 7th next month.

In the new Solihull store by any chance? I applied for that job too..

THEIF! :p
checkoutdude 23rd August 2007, 22:27 Quote
i am already on a contract very close to that which at&t are offering in the USA on the iphone (no visual voice mail but slightly more texts), i am only paying £35, so if O2 put the line rental price higher than this, its not gonna work!

Problem is my contract its on vodafone and now i find out they are not getting the iphone!!! shame!!! not that i want to move to O2 as my friends never have signal on O2 when i do on vodafone!

also i do understand the price of the iphone £300 is like the price for a top of the range ipod and video player.... shame though its as cheap as nokia/sony phones, why?? it the norm to get phones cheap on a contract-will the iphone work, maybe!!! but i will stick to vodafone and a lovely 3g signal!
Joeymac 23rd August 2007, 23:31 Quote
I would get an iphone.. but they don't want me to have one.

- O2.. never going to go back to them
- GPRS not 3G.. prfftt!!
- Going on the American costs.. It's probably £350, £30 a month for unlimited internet use (maybe) and a contract for 18 months.

... no chance!
DriftCarl 24th August 2007, 00:00 Quote
there was a point when i wanted one. but apple seem to be once again targeting the "rich trendy folk" and keeping these types of devices out of reach of normal people that would rather but the phone for its functionality than buy it just because it has an apple logo on.
It is probably best waiting 6 months as I am sure many more phones will become available that would improve on the design.
cyrilthefish 24th August 2007, 01:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by hobbs
i love how people bash the phone when the have never used it. I have one and its the greatest phone I have ever owned.
I don't bash it for no reason.

Whilst it does some things better than other phones*, it' still lacks some of the most basic features available on other phones**, has a retarded 3rd party app lockout***, and quite literally costs about 2-3+ orders of magnitude more than similar specced PDAs/mobiles when factoring the contract and lack of contract subsidy.

I have a T-Mobile MDA at the moment, and even though the iphone looks nicer, i wouldn't even take one if given one for free as it'd be a hefty downgrade to my current PDA due to the app-lockout.

* snazzy UI
** you know, little things such as the complete lack of MMS and other things
*** microsoft did the the same thing 5-6 years ago and was forced to back-down and allow 3rd-party apps... if apple are so innovative, why are they making the exact same mistake a much larger company made over half a decade ago?
WilHarris 24th August 2007, 08:05 Quote
Apple hasn't actually confirmed anything, as the story says... it's merely that the Financial Times reported the deal was done. There's still no word from Apple, so saying that Apple has said this is the case is a bit misleading. There's still plenty of room for this to go pear shaped before announcement!
Risky 24th August 2007, 08:54 Quote
Well the good news for some is that if the phone is unsubsidised the min tarrif should be lowish.

However I wouldn't be seen dead with one. I have a MDA-Vario II as a phone/pda with 3G and a audio player that allowbe a choice of formats (iAudio X5). I don't see the need to mege these into one device that's not as good as the two I have now.

Furthermore I have used macs for many years at work and recently fought with iTunes for the car player and I'm afraid it's not for me. I don't like anthing about the way they do UIs and won't be spending £400 to see if I want to change my mind.
Xen0phobiak 24th August 2007, 09:39 Quote
Oh great, this is all we're going to hear from frappacino drinking journalists for the next 6 months :p.
K 24th August 2007, 11:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sam0r
In the new Solihull store by any chance? I applied for that job too..

THEIF! :p

That's the one yeah.

Sorry? lol
fev 27th August 2007, 15:22 Quote
iPhone on Orange... oh dear I can see it now.

"my phone bill is £450?!. I thought I had unlimited data?!"
- yes sir, unlimited up to 1000mb
"But T-mobile web n walk is half the price and twice the bandwidth?"
- welcome to Orange
whisperwolf 27th August 2007, 15:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by fev
iPhone on Orange... oh dear I can see it now.

"my phone bill is £450?!. I thought I had unlimited data?!"
- yes sir, unlimited up to 1000mb
"But T-mobile web n walk is half the price and twice the bandwidth?"
- welcome to Orange

It could be worse it could be on on O2 with its 4 times the price and 1/4 of the bandwidth. Oh hang on...... :D
24-1 6th September 2007, 16:46 Quote
with the US price cuts today thi sis lookign even better for uk launch
Atomic 7th September 2007, 11:52 Quote
Assuming it'll be after Oct, then spot on for my contract renewal :D
fev 7th September 2007, 11:53 Quote
no dates as of yet, although going from 60 hours a week down to 8 has stopped me from being "as" up to date as i'd like
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