After a relative lull we've suddenly been dragged back into the 3G iPhone rumour mill. According to French tech site PCInpact, it claims it has been contacted by Orange about 3G iPhone upgrade schemes that will be offered to existing iPhone owners and current Orange customers.
The first deal is alleged to be of a 'swap' nature with Orange offering to give users the new 3G iPhone in exchange for their current iPhone and a €50 fee. As for standard Orange contractees they will allegedly be offered a "generous" discount to move to the much anticipated handset. Neither Apple nor Orange have yet to respond to the report.
Personally speaking however I'm going out on a limb and calling bu11sh1t on this one. After all, it would seem extremely unlikely for such a major telco to go blabbing so close to Steve Job's 9 June opening WWDC keynote. Besides, widespread iPhone licensing agreements have been getting announced for some time suggesting Apple is abandoning exclusive network deals (at least in some countries) while it attempts to make a far greater global impact. With that will come discounts, much as we have seen already from T-Mobile in Germany where the larger price plans reduced the handset cost. So just put 2+2 together...
In related news supposed official 3G iPhone advertising images apparently appeared briefly on Swisscom's website and were hastily removed but not before Greek site iPhone Hellas got some grabs. The shots show a surprisingly thin 3G iPhone in a choice of silver, black and red colours. Again I'm writing this off as publicity seeking, but check out the three shots above to see what you think...?