Vodafone announces iPhone

Anthony Caruana
6 May, 2008
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Vodafone released the following a short time ago:

Vodafone today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets around the globe. Later this year, Vodafone customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey will be able to purchase the iPhone for use on the Vodafone network.

This is completely out of left-field and there’s no comment from Apple. We spoke to Apple’s PR Manager, Fiona Martin and she confirmed that Apple has no comment with regards to this announcement.

Typically, carriers either officially announce or leak announcements before Apple’s announcement in any particular market. One thing’s for sure — the iPhone won’t get the Vodafone treatment with the red livery, logos and user interface changes that the carrier typically adds to other devices it releases.

AMW still maintains that Apple will not release to a single carrier here unless the iPhone is only supported on a specific network. In other words, if we only get Version 1 of the iPhone, Telstra will release it as it’s the only carrier that supports EDGE. If we get the 3G version then it’ll be open slather.

Today’s Vodafone announcement gets us no closer to knowing the answers to any of these questions.

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