In spite of an upcoming price war and a potential influx of iPhone handsets being returned, O2's UK division has temporarily run out of both the 16 and 32 GB iPhone 3GS models from the company's online store. According to The Telegraph, most physical outlets are said to have been without phones for two weeks. Supplies of the 32GB model were only depleted on or after September 28th.
UK wireless carrier O2 is bracing itself for what may be up to 30,000 returned iPhones as recent customers send back their iPhones to wait for better deals from rivals Orange and Vodafone. Per The Telegraph, the 30,000 customers that bought the iPhone from O2 within the last two weeks are therefore entitled to end their contracts. O2 has stated the company is not planning to offer such users a better deal in order to convince them not to cancel their contract.
Wireless carrier Vodafone announced on Tuesday that it will begin selling Apple's iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in the United Kingdom and Ireland sometime in early 2010. Per The Mac Observer, the announcement makes Vodafone the second company to score a deal that digs into what used to be O2's exclusive iPhone territory.
Wireless carrier O2 may be set to lose its exclusive deal as the iPhone's mobile network on October 9th. The Mobile Entertainment web site has claimed to have seen documentation confirming that O2 will lose its exclusive license on this date. Per the article, O2 will retain the rights to sell the device until 2012; but its period as the exclusive seller is only for two years.
Orange, one of the official carriers of the iPhone in France, has announced that they have sold their millionth iPhone since it first launched in November of 2007. To celebrate, Orange is offering their customers free access to their Roland-Garros iPhone application, which lets them watch the French Open on their iPhone.
According to Mobile Today, O2 will be dropping the price of the iPhone 3G some time this May in preparation for a new iPhone launch from Apple either some time this June or July. The price drop will make the 8GB model free on the £35 and £45/month contracts where it currently costs between £59 and £159.
Wireless carrier Orange Telecom has officially lost their exclusivity as the only iPhone 3G carrier in France. A court has ordered Apple to allow other carriers to carry the iPhone 3G in the country. The ruling was the result of a complaint filed in September by Orange France rival Bouygues Telecom SA, the third largest carrier in the country.
The iPhone 3G is set to be launched in Kenya under the Orange carrier brand. the device will be available at 0,400 Kenyan shillings (US$659.37) for the 8GB and 59,200 shillings (US$779.96) for postpaid subscribers and 33,900 to 42,700 for prepaid subscribers.
Roughly a week ago, a spokesman for Orange Poland openly stated that the company had hired actors to form fake queues in front of their stores to drum up publicity for their iPhone 3G launch. Not surprisingly, they are now denying the claim, saying that the lines that formed outside their stores were in fact real customers who just wanted iPhones.
The iPhone 3G has no trouble drawing in long lines of people waiting outside Apple's stores in the US, creating good publicity for the device's popularity, but the devision of Orange that will be the official carrier in Poland has decided not to leave things to chance. Rather than relying on popularity of the device and word of mouth or conventional advertising, they have hired paid actors to form lines outside their stores to create interest.