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Apple refusing iPhone negotiations with 3 Italia?

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Wed June 4, 2008

Apple snubbing 3 Italia?

Apple may be refusing to negotiate with all players in the Italian cellphone market, one telecom executive suggests. Vincenzo Novari, the CEO of phone carrier 3 Italia, says that while his company is "super-interested about the iPhone," he has not heard any response in regard to inquiries at Apple, whether positive or negative. Novari in fact claims to have sent two e-mail messages directly to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, without receiving any sort of acknowledgement.

Access to the iPhone may be extremely important for 3, as its two chief rivals -- Vodafone and Telecom Italia -- have confirmed deals of their own to sell the iPhone, which may cement their edge in the Italian market. There is no word, though, on the fate of Wind, Italy's remaining major carrier. The company has in excess of 15 million subscribers, a base Apple may want or need to exploit in the future.




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  1. leesmith2

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Fine Italian Whine

    Steve Jobs doesn't reply to my emails either! (snicker)

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    I don't think email

    is the way you start serious business negotiations (without priori arrangement or expectation)

    Chad

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    So are we saying....

    that there are multiple carriers for the handset in Italy? I wonder how long before the US could possibly see some mult-carrier action...

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    US multi carrier ops...

    ...as soon as Apple's AT&T exclusive contract is up!

  1. DahlBryn

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Oh, please...

    Unless you're sending a huge, hand-delivered (requiring
    a signature) package that contains an introduction letter
    with contact info, a business proposal / model, multiple
    slick Annual Reports, and a photo-based essay of yourself
    and your head office, I wouldn't even dignify a response...
    and I'm not even an Apple employee, let alone THE Steve.
    Jeez... what business are you in anyway ?
    Oh yeah, communications...

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