updated 11:00 am EDT, Tue June 9, 2009
Carphone and iPhone 3GS
The iPhone 3GS is seeing considerable early interest in the UK, claims third-party retailer Carphone Warehouse. The company announced preordering intentions shortly after the end of Apple's WWDC keynote, and claims that over 6,000 people registered for more information within a two-hour period. Preorders are scheduled to open on June 10th.
The phone will launch in the UK on June 19th, the same date as the US. The 16GB model should cost as much as £185, depending on O2 subscription options, while a 32GB version will top out at £274. High prices are thought to be to blame for struggling iPhone sales in the region, proportionately much lower than in many wealthy countries. Efforts may have been sabotaged by the first generation of the product, which did not have 3G broadband in a market used to support from competitors.