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.