According to a report from UBS Investment Research analyst Maynard J. Um, Apple and Verizon are currently in talks about a Verizon iPhone launch in the summer of 2010, but are in disagreement over pricing. Rumors of negotiations have been floating around since last fall, but many are still skeptical that Apple would make a CDMA-enabled handset. According to Mr. Um, it's true, but pricing is still being negotiated.
Vodafone announced recently that they will be ready to launch the iPhone on their network starting January 14th, 2010. The smallest plan they're offering will be £30 a month for 24 months, with additional handset charges ranging from £59 (iPhone 3G 8GB) to £239 (3GS 32GB). Those willing to sign on to a £35/month tariff for 24 months will get their 8GB iPhone 3G for free.
Radio Shack has announced plans to offer the iPhone in more locations nationwide in 2010 to increase distribution across the US. Currently, they offer the iPhone 3G and 3GS in only 250 of their locations. It is hoped that the push to offer the device in more areas will help to reinforce their recent ad campaigns that emphasize mobile devices.
KT has announced plans to begin offering the iPhone for the first time in South Korea starting this upcoming Saturday, November 28th, ranging in price from 396,000 won ($343) on a 45,000 won plan ($39) for a 32GB 3GS to absolutely free for a 8GB 3G on a 95,000 won plan ($82).
Apple's plans for a storewide sale on Black Friday appears to have been leaked in the form of an official company graphic possibly for use in one of their news letters. Unfortunately, it doesn't show any discounts on the iPhone, but does show discounts on everything else except the Shuffle, including the iPod touch.
Earlier today, Orange UK became the second wireless network provider to offer the iPhone and iPhone 3GS on their network, ending O2's reign as the exclusive carrier in that region since late 2007. Orange has already gotten around 250,000 pre-subscriptions for iPhone plans, which, if they all are translated to sales, would put the Orange launch at the same level as the O2 launch in 2007.
Radioshack has officially announced that they will begin selling the iPhone 3G and 3GS in select company stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth and New York City metropolitan areas, starting some time later this month. They also added that they hope to have them available in stores nationwide by some time around 2010.