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Apple goes non-exclusive with iPhone in Italy

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 May 2008 17:12 User comments (6)

Apple goes non-exclusive with iPhone in Italy Two Italian carriers have announced today that they will be distributing the 3G Apple iPhone later this year, meaning that Apple is apparently abandoning its model of carrier exclusivity for the phone.
Both Vodafone and Telecom Italia made announcements claiming they will be offering the phone to its customers later this year.

"Telecom Italia announces today that it has signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone to Italy within the year,"
the carrier said in a small statement.

The announcement should be welcoming to European citizens who have so far steered clear of the iPhone due to lack of 3G compatibility, steep pricing, and limited carrier options. In the US however, the exclusivity contract the company struck with AT&T seems to working fine as sales are high.

Recent reports have cited the high volume of European customers unlocking the phones themselves to use on GSM based carriers of their choosing as one of the other reasons for Apple's latest decision.



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6 user comments

16.5.2008 21:44

The sales may be high here in America, but how many of the phones are being used on AT&T's network, and how many have been Jailbroken??? I hope T Mobile gets one soon.

27.5.2008 2:11

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Recent reports have cited the high volume of European customers unlocking the phones themselves to use on GSM based carriers of their choosing as one of the other reasons for Apple's latest decision.
Heck this statement here says it all as to what would probably happen if Apple were to release it other carries here in the US.

37.5.2008 3:56
leady
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Honestly iPhone sucks.
This toy only has cool functions but nothing else

47.5.2008 9:39

I will only buy an iphone if it has 5 or more mp camera . Until now i`ll stick with my n95

57.5.2008 10:15

Finally Apple realized that the outdated method of carrier-exclusivity doesn't work in Europe. Just have to hope the price is reasonable.

67.5.2008 20:08

Originally posted by runar:
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Finally Apple realized that the outdated method of carrier-exclusivity doesn't work in Europe
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Finally !!


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Just have to hope the price is reasonable
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Doubt it !!!

"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition


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