Scramble by main mobile operators for exclusive UK iPhone de...

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    I think they've missed the point when talking about subsidized pricing for the iPhone - 499/599 in the US IS the subsidized price.
  3. 210
    macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2004
    London, England
    Oh, great...

    I'm with Orange, which means I won't be able to get the iPhone :mad:
  4. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
    From the article:

    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.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK
  6. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2004
    The Wood of Spots, NJ
    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. :)
  7. macrumors 68030

    Nov 7, 2004

    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.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK
    Or wait a year.

    Always the best option in consumer electronics and never fails.
  9. macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    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.

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