updated 10:10 am EDT, Tue May 6, 2008
iPhone in Europe by August
The 3G broadband version of the iPhone should be on sale in at least some European countries before August, according to the New York Times. The newspaper cites an unidentified source "close to the situation," who says that the timing is connected to plans by Vodafone and Telecom Italia to release the phone across the continent. Specifically, Apple is said to want the 3G version on sale in new countries before the peak of the European vacation season, a time when many people might like to make use of functions such as the phone's mobile web browser.
An Apple spokesman in London, Alan Hely, has meanwhile confirmed the Vodafone and TIM deals, but declined to talk about timing, pricing, or the features of new products. Hely has likewise refused to say whether any of Vodafone's deals outside Italy could be exclusive. It is widely believed by analysts that Apple will shed its exclusivity model with the 3G iPhone, and instead turn to subsidized pricing with the possibility of more expensive unlocked devices.