Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Vodafone to Be iPhone Carrier in India, Australia?

Indias Business Standard newspaper reports that Vodafone will launch the iPhone in India starting September. They also report that Apple sources indicate Vodafone will be a non-exclusive iPhone seller in Australia.

"The carrier deal for India is being worked out with Vodafone."

"Vodafone could also become the carrier for Australian market once iPhone is launched there, though more than one carrier is likely for Australia."

Although Vodafone officially denied the claims, the paper said that sources within Vodafone had "confirmed the iPhone carrier deal with Apple [for India] though the exact commercial terms were not disclosed." and added: "the Apple retail sources also did not rule out Apple extending universal access for iPhone users to all major telecom carriers in India, acknowledging that users' ability to 'unlock' the phones tended to negate exclusivity deals.

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