Its finally been announced that O2 will be the single, exclusive carrier for the iPhone in the UK. We’ve all been waiting for a few months to confirm this news, with the choice of European service providers that are available, understandably this deal certainly wasn’t an easy one to close! It was said that the European carriers who have managed to close a deal for the iPhone had to even campaign for it via personal talks with Steve Jobs himself!
It is very clear that Apple has the intention to limit the iPhone’s sales and distribution to other countries as much as possible, O2 will be the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in the UK, while Orange will be the same in France, while T-Mobile for Germany. All three providers have agreed to share 10% of calls and data charges with Apple, while none of them will be able to subsidize these handsets to customers signing for the telephony contract.
As for now, it will not be until next year, before the Apple iPhone will be released in other European countries and Asia.