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iPhone code pointing to Italy as next market?

updated 09:15 am EST, Tue November 13, 2007

Italy next iPhone market?

The iPhone's next European market may well be Italy, probing into the firmware has revealed. Code strings show that amongst the PLIST hooks in the software is an entry called "TIM_Italy.plist," accompanying references to the other official iPhone carriers: AT&T, O2 (UK), Orange (France) and T-Mobile (Germany). TIM is an abbreviation of Telecom Italia Mobile, a company partly owned by Telefonica, which also operates O2 in the UK. This suggests that Apple has already selected its Italian partner, and most likely as a result of exisitng connections with another carrier.

Aiding speculation is the presence of Italian in the latest iPhone firmware update, which added a select number of foreign languages and keyboards. Notably, however, there have been no previous rumors or suggestions that Italy or Telecom Italia would be picked, and some past code leaks have pointed in inaccurate directions. Prior to Apple's official announcements for O2, T-Mobile and Orange, there were numerous reports indicating both those carriers and the likes of Vodafone, which has since gone on to refuse the iPhone until it has 3G broadband.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Deal gone south.

    TIM said no to the iPhone in a public press release late last month with an expected time frame for changes to this policy "around next March" .

    It all smells of a deal gone south at the very last minute... or resurrected at the very last second.

  1. jstephe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    To the Victor

    So much for the old saying "to the victor belong the spoils.", Canada helped the allies win WWI & WWII and who gets the iPhone first Germany and Italy. Japan will probably get it next, go figure.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    news flash for jstephe: WW2 was 60 years ago.

    If you want to blame anyone, blame Rogers.


  1. Tofino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i'm all for...

    sustained aerial bombing of rogers...

    maybe it will do for canada's cellular landscape what it did for the post ww2 economy of germany. a cellular 'wirtschaftswunder' if you will...

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