Feb 29: MOBILE OPERATOR O2 Ireland's announcement that it has signed an exclusive deal for Apple's iPhone....... The combination phone, music player and internet access device will go on sale in Irish shops on March 14th for 399 or 499, depending on the model. Customers will need to commit to an 18-month contract for at least 45 a month. Unlike other handset manufacturers, Apple seeks a cut of the service revenues generated from its phones. iPhone buyers will have to commit to an 18-month contract with O2, which will cost between 45 and 100 per month. Although O2 UK provides unlimited downloads with its iPhone tariffs and includes free Wi-Fi access via the Cloud network, Irish customers will be capped at 12 gigabytes before additional charges of two cent per megabyte kick in. mad "Twelve gigabytes is a significant amount of data and should be more than enough for the vast majority of our customers that will use the iPhone," said an O2 spokesman. The iPhone, with its unique touchscreen interface, was launched in the US last June, with queues forming outside shops, although relatively few sold out. O2 has begun taking pre-bookings for Irish sales.