updated 09:55 am EDT, Thu May 1, 2008
Aussie iPhone confirmed?
The iPhone is indeed coming to Australia, an anonymous source is said to be confirming. CNET is citing an "industry insider," who claims that an Australian iPhone launch is expected in the last week of June, and with the regional carrier Optus. The company is expected to make the announcement in mid-May, just a few weeks before Apple's WWDC conference on June 9th, where a 3G version of the iPhone is expected to be publicly revealed. The source says he cannot confirm that Australia will get the 3G phone, but that Optus is expecting it regardless.
Important to iPhone shoppers worldwide may be further indication, beyond reports earlier this month, that the Australian iPhone will not be tied solely to a single carrier, as it has been in the US and the UK. It is not known if the device will be fully (non-regionally) unlocked however, or which other Australian carriers might announce support. Speculation has held that Telstra might be involved, but this was based on its capacity for 2.5G EDGE technology; a 3G phone for Telstra is required to use the 850MHz frequency band in addition to Australia's 2,100MHz standard.
It is rumored that when iPhones go on sale in the country's upcoming Apple Stores, they will be unlocked by default.