• Vodafone to Sell iPhones in UK, Éire

    Right on the heels of the announcement that French carrier Orange would be selling the iPhone in the United Kingdom comes an announcement that Vodafone will also be selling the device in the UK and Ireland. After two years of an exclusive arrangement between Apple and Telefonica's O2, the dual announcements represent a sea change in the British iPhone business.

    Vodafone said their arrangement will begin in 2010.
    "Beginning today, Vodafone UK and Vodafone Ireland customers can register their interest in iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS at Vodafone - Mobile Phones, Mobile Internet, Broadband & Email and http://www.vodafone.ie/iphone respectively. Pricing, tariffs and availability information will be announced locally in the future.
    This deal increases the number of countries where Vodafone sells the iPhone to 13, including Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey. France Telecom's Orange, who announced yesterday that they had reached an agreement to break O2's exclusivity in Britain by the end of this year, sells the iPhone in a total of 28 countries and territories, including some of Vodafone's markets.
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