toggle

AAPL Stock: 116.47 ( + 0.16 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Israeli iPhone to launch Wednesday morning

updated 05:00 pm EST, Mon December 7, 2009

Device long delayed

Beginning at midnight Wednesday local time, Israelis will at last be able to buy the iPhone, Reuters reports. Cellcom will be the first carrier with the device, though it is set to be followed by Orange and Pelephone on Thursday. In contrast with some earlier reports, each of the carriers is being required to buy just 80,000 iPhones for resale rather than 100,000.

Israel has a cellphone penetration of 125 percent, one of the highest in the world. Haim Israel -- an analyst with Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- therefore argues that the carriers will likely buy more iPhones, and moreover boost their average revenue per user (ARPU) by 30 percent. The average payback period may be about 13 months, the analyst observes.

A simultaneous multi-carrier debut may not be advantageous to the public, as it is unlikely to foster a price war. Israelis have nevertheless been waiting some time for the iPhone, given that deals were ready months prior, and the iPhone is now in its third incarnation. An Israeli release date has been twice delayed.




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

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

MaxUpgrades 512GB Retina MacBook Pro SSD

Apple's Retina line of MacBook Pro notebooks have been impressive, right from their debut in 2012. Thinner than the previous model, t ...

Lemur BlueDriver

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a for ...

toggle

Most Commented