updated 10:10 am EDT, Tue June 16, 2009
Israeli iPhone coming
Israelis should finally be able to buy the iPhone in the near future, announcements reveal. Partner Communications -- which operates the Israeli division of Orange -- says it has signed an agreement with Apple Sales International, which will allow it to sell iPhones domestically for a period of at least three years. Partner is in turn expected to buy a minimum number of iPhones each year, representing a "significant portion" of all its cellphone purchases.
Due to the newness of the agreement, no prices or release dates have been mentioned, whether for the iPhone 3G or the 3GS. Still less is known about plans at rival carrier Pelephone, which is also expected to carry the iPhone, but has not disclosed the details of its contract with Apple. The 3GS launches in the US, Canada and some other countries on June 19th, but it may be several weeks or longer before an Israeli launch can be organized.