updated 05:50 pm EDT, Mon June 9, 2008
3G iPhone in 22 countries
After analysts predicted a larger area of deployment for the 3G iPhone, Apple on Monday announced it is bringing the much anticipated device to over 70 countries – just over one-third of countries in the world – a year after launching the first iPhone, with 22 countries to have it on July 11th. The 3G iPhone will make a return to the US through AT&T, the UK's and Ireland's O2 network, Germany's T-Mobile, and Orange in France.
In addition, Rogers will bring the device to Canada, while América Móvil will handle Mexico.
Austria will see the device both from Orange and T-Mobile, with the former company also unveiling the 3G iPhone in Portugal and Switzernald. Vodafone will grace New Zealand and Australia, sharing Italy with Telecom Italia Mobile, and Portugal with Orange. Australia will also see the device from Optus.
TeliaSonera is launching the iPhone in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, with the Netherlands serviced by T-Mobile, and Telefónica in Spain.
Asia also has numerous releases: Softbank in Japan, Hutchison Telecom in Hong Kong, Bharti Airtel in India, Globe Telecom in the Philippines, and SingTel in Singapore. Japan and Hong Kong will sell the iPhone on July 11th, with the latter three following at a later time.