updated 04:45 pm EDT, Tue April 29, 2008
iPhone exclusivity issue
Apple could be re-evaluating its iPhone exclusivity agreements in future global releases as it expands into Europe, Asia, Central, and South America. Spanish language news site CincoDias writes that the same business methodology that Apple used to successfully launch the iPhone in the US doesn't necessarily mean the approach works globally. The publication cites poor European sales – when contrasted to North American numbers – especially due to individuals compromising the device's exclusivity through alternative means.
Two telecommunications companies are currently under scrutiny for a Latin American launch of the iPhone: Americas and Telefonica Movil. While Apple denies a slowdown in European sales, it could be in talks with both companies to provide the iPhone to Latin America in response to some critics who have noticed a discrepancy between European and North American sales.
Apple has not officially commented on criticism, and has not confirmed any changes to its distribution procedure for the iPhone.