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whooleytoo
Jan 12, 2007, 11:38 AM
I think they've missed the point when talking about subsidized pricing for the iPhone - 499/599 in the US IS the subsidized price.

210
Jan 12, 2007, 01:59 PM
I'm with Orange, which means I won't be able to get the iPhone :mad:

Porco
Jan 13, 2007, 10:28 AM
I'm with Orange, which means I won't be able to get the iPhone :mad:

From the article:

"O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile are all contenders for the contract."

I don't know how much of that article to believe. I really doesn't say much you couldn't guess. I just hope that Apple recognise that the UK market doesn't offer them many customers if they choose go with a single network. All that 'needing to go with a partner for the visual voicemail etc' is rubbish IMHO, I don't see why multiple networks couldn't do that.

If they do go with one network in the UK, as has been said before, the marketing opportunities for an 'Apples and Oranges' campaign would be great :D

Ideally they should make it available on all UK networks who support the phone IMHO.

combatcolin
Jan 13, 2007, 11:18 AM
exclusive = expensive.

'Nuff said.

iKwick7
Jan 13, 2007, 12:00 PM
If T-Mobile gets the exclusive in the U.K. then I will be pissed. T-Mobile in the U.K. but not in the U.S.. :(

Unless, of course, I could buy a U.K. iPhone and ship it over here. :)

weckart
Jan 13, 2007, 03:08 PM
If T-Mobile gets the exclusive in the U.K. then I will be pissed. T-Mobile in the U.K. but not in the U.S.. :(

Unless, of course, I could buy a U.K. iPhone and ship it over here. :)


Well, assuming it works when it gets there, be prepared to:

1) Pay 499/599 as that is how the exchange rates work in practice - forget the 1=$1.90 rates shown in the papers. Those are just to tease you.
2) Take a 2 year contract out to T-Mobile UK. I bet the firmware locks out all non-approved providers, even if the SIM cards are removable.
3) Pay a fortune in calls as every call you make in the US is in effect an overseas call routed from the UK through the local partner. The local partner might not even be T-Mobile, depending where you are. Whenever I took my mobile to Europe, I would get whichever provider had the strongest signal, and this could change from district to district, even within the same city.

You would have to be the biggest fanboi going to want one after all that.

combatcolin
Jan 13, 2007, 04:16 PM
Or wait a year.

Always the best option in consumer electronics and never fails.

Umbongo
Jan 13, 2007, 08:12 PM
All that 'needing to go with a partner for the visual voicemail etc' is rubbish IMHO, I don't see why multiple networks couldn't do that.

I don't think it is so much that only one network can support it as it was one network to develop it. Apple needed a telecom partner for this endevor and chose one of the largest, they may of even just been the first Apple approached and were so welcoming and willing to help that they didn't bother looknig at other partners. We don't know what either company is really seeing out of the deal, the iPhone may not even be subsidised in a way that other phones are, an that the contract with cingular is Job's way of controlling every aspect as opposed to a purely financial one. Until details emerge of the partnership or until we see how other countries deal with selling them we can't be sure.