7/24/2009 4:29:00 PM
Vodafone publicly signals iPhone interest
Vodafone signaled its interest in supplying the iPhone this morning (24 July) adding to mounting suspicion that Apple will break its UK exclusive with O2 for the iPhone 3G.
Vodafone’s, chief financial office, Andy Halford (pictured) told reporters, at a briefing on its quarterly results, this morning that Vodafone was keen to supply tje device in more of its markets, the Guardian reported.
The network currently sells the device in 11 countries but not in Germany, where it is stocked exclusively by T-Mobile, or in the UK, where it is exclusive to O2.
There has been increasing speculation in recent weeks that T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone are bidding for the right to distribute the iPhone 3G, snatching exclusivity for the (now older model) away from O2.
Meanwhile, reports surfaced this week about T-Mobile buying the device unlocked in other markets and shipping it to the UK in order to stop its customers churning to the O2 for the device.