Optus, Vodafone to offer iPhone 3G S in Australia

Rodney Gedda and David Braue
10 June, 2009
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Optus has announced it will offer Apple’s new iPhone 3G S smartphone from June 26, while Vodafone Australia is now accepting expressions of interest for the new device.

Optus started accepting details for updates on the device, including when it will be available in store, on its iPhone Web site. A page on Vodafone’s own site similarly allows interested customers to register their interest in the product.

Optus already offers the iPhone 3G 8GB and 16GB models on its network with bundled voice and data services.

Announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference this week, the iPhone 3G S is “the fastest iPhone ever,” according to Apple, and is twice as fast as its predecessor, the iPhone 3G.

Other enhancements include video capture and editing functionality, a new three megapixel camera, voice controls, a digital compass, PC-like “cut, copy and paste,” and Internet tethering, which allows the iPhone to be used as a USB modem.

Apple has also made available a beta iPhone SDK for the iPhone OS 3.0 which includes new APIs and developer tools.

With the new SDK developers can add new features like in-app purchases, peer-to-peer connection via Bluetooth, communication with hardware accessories, and alerts using Apple Push Notification service, according to Apple.

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