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iPhone demand in Ireland high

updated 06:40 pm EST, Mon January 28, 2008

iPhone in Ireland

Journalist Adrian Weckler is predicting that an Irish iPhone will be seeing release this year, and that the country's 3G Stores will be the distributor for the device. Ireland's Sunday Business Post writes that 3G's CEO Tony Boyle is in talks with Apple to carry the device, after meeting with Steve Jobs at Macworld San Francisco. The chain - which has 23 store locations to its credit - reportedly has a long list of customer's waiting for the MacBook Air, while Boyle anticipates that these numbers may be indicative of interest in the iPhone.

"I think that it's not going to be a question of whether or not there'll be demand here for the iPhone," Boyle said. He continues, ''it's more an issue of whether they'll be able to make enough of them to satisfy what we think is going to be huge demand."

Despite weak sales in the UK, which some analysts are attributing to the cost of the iPhone, Boyle anticipates having no issues with selling the device. "The market is lapping up luxury phones at the moment," he said. "We've had no problem selling Samsung Giorgio Armani, LG Prada and Nokia Sirocco phones over Christmas, and they're comparable in cost to the iPhone."

by MacNN Staff



  1. wohaha

    Joined: Dec 1969


    block the ship iphone by a mobile phone jammer

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    3G are a retail chain and not a service provider. Nobody knows which provider will get Apple's blessing although logic dictates that it will be O2 as in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, O2's network is not 3G, it's iMode (check out wikipedia) which is 2.5G (Huh?) It is ultimately possible that 3G stores may sell iPhone packages on behalf of O2 except that O2 and Vodafone both also have their own retail stores. 3G are actually a spin-off of what were originally Eircom stores, the (only) fixed-line provider in Ireland. Of course, there are no Applestores in Ireland and the 3G stores, like another chain, Spectra, provide what might be called a stop-gap measure for Apple retail in Ireland. They couldn't even be classified as poor-man's Applestores. A classic case of "we don't have it in stock but we can order one..." at which point you might aswell buy direct from Apple online! Finally, I don't believe that Steve Jobs spent much time talking to Tony Boyle no more than he might talk to the manager of a specific Target or BestBuy!

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