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Apple rings up four new iPhone deals in Asia

May 12, 2008: 9:08 AM ET

The week opens with fresh reports of iPhone agreements with overseas carriers, as Apple (AAPL) continues its push to roll the Web-browsing cellphone out beyond the United States and Europe.

The Wall St. Journal, BBC and other sources reported on Monday that Apple and SingTel have signed deals to bring the iPhone to four countries in the Asia-Pacific region. SingTel, with 124 million mobile subscribers, is said to be the largest Asian provider outside the People's Republic of China. The deals involve SingTel and three of its subsidiaries:

  • SingTel will bring the iPhone to its 2.3 million subscribers in Singapore
  • Bharti Airtel will offer it to its 64 million customers in India
  • Globe Telecom will offer it to 21 million subscribers in the Philippines
  • Optus will offer it to its 7 million customers in Australia.

Australia and India were among the countries that Vodaphone (VOD) said last week that it was covering (see here) -- further evidence that Apple is signing contracts that don't offer exclusivity.

Below: an update of CdnPhoto's map of the iPhone world, redrawn to include the latest developments.

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