toggle

AAPL Stock: 102.5 ( + 0.25 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

3 and T-Mobile running backdoor UK iPhone distribution?

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Tue October 13, 2009

Region may see intense iPhone competition

T-Mobile is not the only UK carrier distributing iPhones unofficially, a report claims. The Telegraph says it has learned that 3 is also engaged in giving iPhones to its most lucrative customers, though 3's involvement in the strategy is thought to be recent, having only begun in recent weeks. T-Mobile has allegedly been giving away iPhones since the summer.

Both carriers are said to be hunting Europe for unlocked iPhones, then buying them and offering them to high-paying customers threatening to leave. The approach could potentially backfire if Apple decides to more strictly enforce its distribution deals. Orange is set to carry the iPhone by the end of 2009 however, followed by Vodafone in early 2010; it may thus only be a matter of time before 3 and T-Mobile have their own Apple agreements.

Even without them, analysts suggest that increased UK competition may cut monthly subscription costs by at least 5. Prices may fall further after Vodafone enters the iPhone market.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Ofte ...

Life n Soul BM211 Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers aren't only for listening to some music at the park or on a long bus ride, but can also be built with tablets in m ...

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the din ...

toggle

Most Commented