updated 10:10 am EDT, Mon May 12, 2008
Telstra 3rd iPhone carrier
Telstra on Thursday announced it would be the third Australian iPhone carrier, and that the company's expected June launch date could indicate that it will carry the 3G iPhone. CNET reports that the carrier joins Optus and Vodafone, and will allegedly offer a multi-frequency HSDPA-compatible device, allowing it to work on both competitors' networks and its own Next G network. Telstra declined to comment on the arrangement, but it would potentially be announced before the end of the month.
If Telstra does not get its hand on the as-of-yet unannounced 3G iPhone, it would either have the option of the first generation iPhone, or the 2100MHz version its competitors are getting. While Telstra has a 2100MHz network, its overall size is dwarfed by Next G, which covers 98-percent of the Australian populace.