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Israel Finally (Officially) Gets the iPhone

Monday, June 15th, 2009

From an article on popular Israeli website nana10, it has been announced that Israel will finally (officially) get the iPhone through national carrier support.
As of now, the announcements only state that Pelephone will be carrying the device and that they’ve been told to “get ready” for the launch. What’s perplexing is why Orange isn’t anywhere [...]

iPhone Negotiations With China Unicom Have Reached Possible Agreement

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Recent information sheds light on negotiations between Apple and Chinese telecom provider China Unicom, and the possibility that both sides have reached an amicable agreement.

In early February we first reported about the ongoing talks between Apple and China Unicom. As we previously explained, even though feverish reports came in claiming that all talks had broken [...]

Apple’s iPhone Hitting Chinese Markets on May 19th with China Unicom

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Contrary to recent reports that talks between Apple and Chinese mobile provider China Mobile had broke down because of App Store negotiations, it’s now being reported that the iPhone will be arriving in China on May 19th with China Unicom.
Reports that negotiations between Apple and China Mobile had broke down were true, albeit a bit [...]

NATO Chief Commends the iPhone as a Symbol of Optimism

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General, Japp de Hoop Scheffer, has alluded to technological advance, specifically the iPhone, as being a primary step forward in the global effort to fight terrorism in Afghanistan.
In a recent speech given at the Security and Defense Agenda in Brussels Belgium, de Hoop Scheffer covered a vast array of [...]

Contract Free iPhones Sell for up to $1,263 in France

Monday, December 29th, 2008

French retailer FNAC has begun offering contract free iPhones with an extremely hefty price-tag.
As Macnn explains, 8GB contract free iPhones will be selling for €799 ($1,123), and 16GB models will be priced at €899 ($1,263). Our iPhone carrier worldmap has details about nearly every iPhone carrier and their rates around the world.
Apple was just recently [...]

Apple Forced to End iPhone Exclusivity in France

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

A ruling made on Wednesday by the French competition regulator mandates that Apple will now be forced to allow mobile operators other than France Telecom’s Orange SA, to carry the iPhone.

This decision will overturn the exclusivity contract that allowed Orange to be sole carrier of the device in France. The [...]

300 Million Apps Downloaded, 6.4 Billion To Go

Friday, December 5th, 2008

CNBC’s Jim Goldman points out some incredible information regarding the success of Apple’s App Store. Of note, users have downloaded over 100 million apps in the past 6 weeks.
In the fine print of Apple’s advertisement in the New York Times this morning, Apple quietly mentions that users have “downloaded over 300 million” applications from the [...]

iPhone Nabs 16.6% of Smartphone Market; Staves off Industry Decline

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

According to a recent note from Needham analyst, Charlie Wolf, the iPhone is now not only the world’s second most in demand smartphone, but has actually had a hand in rescuing the entire market from decline.

Elecronista reiterates that for the second quarter which ended in September, the iPhone held 16.6 percent of the global smartphone [...]

Images: iPhone 3G Hardware Unlock Shops

Friday, November 28th, 2008

29 year old Tuan Anh Do owns five cell phone repair shops in Hanoi, Vietnam. Due to the black market Apple’s iPhone has created, a big part of his business is to unlock iPhone 3G’s at the hardware level.
The following is first hand from Cnet’s Dong Ngo:

First the iPhone is opened up by the technician.
Ngo [...]

Chunghwa Telecom Wins iPhone Rights in Taiwan

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Right in time for the December holiday season, Chunghwa Telecom has announced that they have won the exclusive rights to begin selling the iPhone in Taiwan.
Chunghwa Telecom is Taiwan’s largest telecom provider by revenue. It owns 300 sales outlets across the island, and its 37.5% owned Senao International Co, has 200 outlets, according to the [...]

iPhone 3G Global Expansion to Hit Thailand

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

In continuing with the iPhone 3G’s global expansion, Apple has officially inked a deal with Thailand’s third largest mobile carrier, True Move, to bring the device to the South Pacific country.

Reuters reports that the deal will make True Move the first mobile operator to offer the device in Thailand. Rival carrier, Advanced [...]

Will iPhone Gaming Ever Really Compete in the Mobile Gaming Market?

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Since the launch of the App Store, Apple has officially entered the mobile gaming market with the iPhone and iPod touch. Despite the wide influx of games and extremely talented developers that have embraced the platform, many are still left wondering whether the iPhone and iPod touch, will ever be able to rival more [...]

iPhone Sales In Russia Not Great, 30,000 Sold in First 30 Days

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Reports from Russian analysis and news website Pravda, explain that Apple’s iPhone 3G is not selling as well as many had initially hoped for. Prior to the device officially being for sale in the country, a huge black market was created for the iPhone.

Hoping to fill seal the cracks in the iPhone black market, [...]

Rogers Sells 255,000 iPhones in Canada, Rivals Damaged

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Rogers has reported that during its summer quarter, and the introduction of Apple’s iPhone 3G – 255,000 units were sold between July 11th and the end of September. As competitors feel the massive impact on losing portions of their customer base, Rogers likens itself to a smaller AT&T.

Despite friction between would-be iPhone users and [...]

AT&T: We’re Breaking Our Own Record With iPhone 3G Activations

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

In a press release issued this morning, AT&T mentioned that it has activated 2.4 million iPhones since the iPhone 3G was launched in July.

Apple did mention that it has sold nearly 7 million iPhones last quarter, revealing that they have smashed their goal of selling 10 million iPhones (when all iPhone sales are combined). [...]

Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands to Get iPhone 3G on October 17

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

AT&T has officially announced that both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will have the opportunity to join their mainland brethren as the iPhone 3G is set to be released next month.

An AT&T press release issued today confirms that both U.S territorial acquisitions will be receiving the iPhone 3G on October 17.  In similar [...]

Vivo and Claro Begin iPhone 3G Sales in Brazil

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Latin America’s largest mobile carrier, America Movil SAB along with provider Vivo Participacoes SA began selling the iPhone 3G today in Brazil, giving Apple access to one of South America’s largest mobile markets with an estimated 138 million subscribers.

Joao Cox, president of America Movil’s Claro, recently told reporters, “It’s impressive how interested consumers are [...]

Russia Gets The iPhone On October 3rd, Legally

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Russia is officially getting the iPhone on October 3rd, 2008. The country has long had a substantially large black market for the device, and Apple has even voiced its concerns about unlocked iPhones being run (in Russia) unofficially.

Towards the end of July, after Apple released the iPhone 3G here in the states, the iPhone black [...]

Apple Selling Unlocked iPhone 3Gs in Hong Kong

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Apple has officially announced the sale of unlocked iPhone 3Gs in Hong Kong that can be purchased directly via Apple’s website.

We have previously reported that 3 HK owned by Hutchison Telecom had closed deals to carry the iPhone 3G, yet it may come as a surprise to the citizens of Hong Kong that they [...]

China Mobile Urges for iPhone Lacking 3G and WiFi Support

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

While China Mobile is expected to launch the iPhone 3G on their network in the near future, if they have their way the device could lose some critical functionality in order to comply with Chinese regulations.

A recent report from the Daiwa Institute of Research notes the possibility that both 3G and WiFi support [...]