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iPhones are invading Germany!
If you live in Germany, you will soon be able to get the new iPhone!

Deutsche Telekom's mobile phone division, T-Mobile just won a significant contract in Germany.  The contract, announced September 19, 2007 will give T-Mobile exclusive rights to sell Apple's popular iPhone in Germany.

The 8 GB phone will debut in Germany on November 9, 2007 and will sell for 399 euros ($558).

The move follows English phone giant O2's winning bid to sell the phone in the United Kingdom, as reported at DailyTech.

Hamid Akhavan, CEO, T-Mobile International had this to say on the victory: “I am proud that Apple and T-Mobile have become partners. The best mobile device currently on the market will soon be operating on the best network in the country.”

The iPhone is certainly a hot seller.  In only 74 days it sold one million units in the United States.

T-Mobile already had some non-official iPhone business, through unlocked iPhones operating on T-Mobile networks in the U.S.  This marks the first time T-Mobile will be officially licensed to work with and distribute the compatible iPhone.

Deutsche Telekom is one of central Europe's largest phone providers with 112 million customers.  German users will have full access to Apple's iTunes story and the iPhone's visual voicemail service. 


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Scratching My Head
By clovell on 9/19/2007 12:06:58 PM , Rating: 2
I'd have thought that Apple would have heard the cries of its US customers and not made another exclusive deal with a single carrier. I can't help but think I'm missing something here...




RE: Scratching My Head
By mdogs444 on 9/19/2007 12:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
Because they are making so much money on the service. Read the O2 article....they are getting high percentages not just from iPhone sales....but for the actual monthly fees to the wireless carrier.


RE: Scratching My Head
By clovell on 9/19/2007 12:20:25 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, dang - that's sick. Thanks for the reference. Maybe I should buy some Apple stock and cash-in on this...


Sounds good, but...
By aharris on 9/19/2007 2:07:12 PM , Rating: 2
...what story?

And too bad I can't officially use an iPhone on my T-Mobile here in the US.




RE: Sounds good, but...
By TomZ on 9/19/2007 2:10:23 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
...what story?

Maybe Apple is going to put out a kids book about the development of iTunes, LOL.


Need other statistics....
By ChristopherO on 9/19/2007 12:18:29 PM , Rating: 2
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In only 74 days it sold one million units in the United States.

I don't have anything particularly against the iPhone, but does anyone have comparison data to the first RAZR when it came out? They were priced similarly, and AT&T was also sitting on top of an exclusive.

I really have no way of knowing if a million units is good or not... Especially since Jobs was going on about selling 10 million by January 1 2008. Sure he tends to be overly optimistic, but as an investor, I'm curious if they are going to be anywhere near those targets (worldwide).




By rogard on 9/19/2007 9:15:06 PM , Rating: 2
Since I am from Germany, this is mildly interesting for me. Not that I want or need an iPhone. What really irks me is how expensive this deal was for T-com....but then, it will probably show up on my T-com bill next month. In some form or another, it certainly will. Nice.

And 400€?? No thanks, I'll pass on that one.




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