AAPL Stock: 118.3 ( + 0.49 )

Printed from

Vodafone to carry iPhone in ten countries

updated 06:45 am EDT, Tue May 6, 2008

Vodafone iPhone 10 Nations

Vodafone today made the revelation that it will be an official carrier for the iPhone in ten countries around the world. The telecoms firm will offer the handset to Europeans in the Czech Republic, Italy, and Portugal; Greece, India, and Turkey will be covered by Vodafone in Asia, while Australia, Egypt, New Zealand, and South Africa will also be served by the company. Vodafone doesn't say when it will offer the iPhone other than later this year and avoids other details, including pricing.

The pre-announcement follows a similarly unspecific release by Rogers Canada and appears to overturn common beliefs about carrier choices for the devices. Leaks inside iTunes' code and multiple reports have until now suggested Telecom Italian (TIM) would be the sole provider for the iPhone in Italy, while Optus in Australia has reportedly pushed for exclusive rights. However, earlier reports have since proven at least partly accurate for the Indian deal, which has also called for a September launch.

However, Vodafone doesn't indicate that it has obtained exclusive rights in its countries, and multiple reports in Italy and Australia have suggested the device may be sold to multiple carriers may be unlocked in at least some of these territories. Apple noted in late February that it 'isn't married' to its one-carrier model and will likely adapt its strategy to certain countries where policies or market conditions require different practices.

Apple is commonly expected to introduce a 3G iPhone in June of this year to accommodate extra countries and improve its European standing. While some countries require 3G support for basic use, others often include phone users who are heavily dependent on the faster cellular Internet access for their service plans.

by MacNN Staff




  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I was hoping it wouldn't be Vodafone in Australia. They have lousy coverage in my area.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented