New UK iPhone suppliers?

July 20, 2009

New UK iPhone suppliers?
Soon O2 will be forced to hand over its monopoly on iPhone sales as it has six weeks left in its exclusive deal with Apple at which point both Orange and T-Mobile will be able to sell the iPhone model in the UK.

According to an industry magazine websites, the move to the major networks could be finished by September.

Despite the changes, O2 will still be the only mobile provider allowed to sell the newest iPhone model, the iPhone 3GS.

Both companies have refused to issue a statement in the story on the industry magazine, but it is reported that sales staff at T-Mobile have started to inform customers that the iPhone will soon be stocked.

O2 has been the exclusive provider of the iPhone since 2007, something that is currently being reviewed by the US Department of Justice which is evaluating an anti-trust conduct investigation as to whether manufacturers should be allowed to offer the exclusive rights to products.

The move to sell iPhone at other companies could also affect exclusivity contracts in the US, where the iPhone is only licensed to AT&T for sale and distribution.

The fate of the iPhone at T-Mobile is not completely sealed however; as the news comes amidst rum ours that O2 and Vodafone are interested in purchasing T-Mobile UK.


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