updated 11:35 am EDT, Thu June 19, 2008
Telstra late on iPhone 3G?
Australian phone carrier Telstra will sell the iPhone 3G, but may be late in joining its peers, writes The Australian. The newspaper cites "people close to the company," who say that while Telstra has perpetually refused to confirm any plans for the iPhone, it has in fact signed a deal; this may be announced by chief Sol Trujillo as soon as next week. Telstra's retail head, David Moffatt, is said to have toured the new Sydney Apple Store last week with a team of executives.
The carrier is, however, likely to miss out on the July 11th date rivals Optus and Vodafone will launch on. A target date is in fact said to have been set for July 22nd, almost two weeks later. Telstra's primary advantage may be its 850MHz 3G network, which is claimed to have greater coverage than any other in Australia, and be as fast as 14.4Mbps, though the iPhone cannot reach that peak.