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    China Unicom & Orange to Start Selling iPhone

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    China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. said Monday it will begin offering Apple Inc.'s iPhone in China in October at a retail price of around 5,000 yuan ($732).

    Meanwhile, France Telecom's Orange will start selling the popular Apple iPhone in Britain later this year, it said on Monday, when the exclusive contract held by Telefonica's O2 will expire.

    Also of mention, the iPhone will hit South Korea shortly. With an estimated 93 percent of South Korea's population subscribing to a mobile service it will be interesting how they respond to 75,000 apps and free or paid PUSH email/cal on iPhone.

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    iPhone To Be Available On Vodafone And Orange In The U.K.

    Orange mobile announced Monday that they would be carrying the carrier coveted iPhone in the U.K., beginning in the fourth quarter. The current exclusive carrier, O2, has been tight-lipped about the length of it's exclusivity deal, saying in the past that it's a "multi-year" agreement.

    This comes only a few weeks after we heard about a possible merger between Orange and T-Mobile in the U.K. Executives for T-Mobile maintain however that they will remain separate entities if the merger goes through. Now, if that weren't enough big news in the U.K., Vodafone has announced today that they too will be carrying the iPhone. The wireless carrier already offers the device through 13 of it's operators throughout the world.

    This then officially marks the end of O2's exclusivity agreement and subscribers in the U.K. should start seeing some more competitive pricing on the popular mobile device. Though no official launch date or pricing has been announced by either carrier, we should expect to see it before the end of 2009.
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    As an update, Vodafone announced today that they too will be carrying the iPhone in the U.K. No pricing plans have been announced yet however.
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    Iphone's taking over. Why did I go 8900? Do'h!!!
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    They are spreading their wings (carriers) Is the US next? I sure hope so. TMO and Verizon.

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    Apple has more or less ended their exclusivity deals across the globe, with the except of about 3 countries, the U.S. included. They have a solid base and the demand is there. It no longer makes sense to limit the device to a single carrier when they could triple their income by spreading the love.
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    It was smart business sense to allow other users to pick up the iPhone. To be honest I'm thinking about getting mine unlocked and heading back to tmobile. My AT&T signal is terrible.
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