Apple's handset going global in 2008.
Seems to be a case of ”whatever you can do”…
Following Vodafone’s stunning announcement that it had landed a massive deal with Apple to distribute the iPhone in 10 countries Orange has today revealed a virtually identical agreement and in virtually identical style.
Exactly ten additional countries will come under Orange’s grasp and, just like Vodafone, the network has chosen an equally short and low-key press release:
”Paris, 16 May, 2008
Orange brings the iPhone to customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa
Orange today announced a new agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone to Orange customers in
Austria, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia,
Switzerland and Orange’s African markets later this year.”
That’s it. Really!
At this stage it remains unclear whether this deal is for the first or second generation iPhone or even both but I would suspect initial shipments to be of the non-3G variety.
What is becoming clear however is that Apple is looking at a far more mass market/cross-network approach as the iPhone races towards its one year anniversary. Goodbye jailbreak? We hope so…