updated 07:55 am EDT, Fri March 14, 2008
iPhone Austria Ireland
Apple on Friday introduced the iPhone to Austria and Ireland, the first countries to receive the handset since 2007. Already confirmed via its website, T-Mobile will be the exclusive carrier in Austria and is both announcing and launching the iPhone today. The European provider will offer just two service plans for the phone. A €39 Classic plan offers 1,000 minutes of calling to any network, Visual Voicemail, up to 3GB of data transfer per month, and SMS text messages at 25 Euro cents each; a €55 Supreme plan offers both unlimited calling and text messages with the same data cap. A two-year contract is required.
O2 has previously announced its plans, which range from €45 to €100 for between 175 and 700 minutes of call time, 100 to 250 built-in SMS messages, and a 1GB data limit. As with the British release, the plan requires an 18-month plan.
In both countries, the iPhone itself will sell at €399 for an 8GB model and €499 for a 16GB version, either of which is available directly through Apple's online stores in the respective territories. Austrians can also buy the iPhone through either T-Mobile's retail or online stores, while Irish customers can buy the phone through O2.