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.
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