The British Advertising Standards Authority is nothing if not literal-minded -- which may be why Apple ads that hew closely to Steve Jobs' standards of truth in advertising keep running into trouble in the United Kingdom.
Last summer the Authority banned an Apple TV ad with a voiceover that said "all the parts of the Internet are on the iPhone." Objection: there are many parts of the Internet requiring Flash and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 26, 2008 8:47 AM ET
Despite the hundreds of customers who queued up outside Verizon (VZ) stores early Friday to buy the Storm -- Research in Motion's hot new smartphone -- the company is likely to miss its subscriber targets for the quarter that ends Nov. 29, according to a report issued Monday by Citigroup (C) analyst Jim Suva.
The Storm, RIM's (RIMM) answer to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, sold out almost immediately -- and that's the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 24, 2008 3:52 PM ET
There's a theory favored by savvy Apple watchers that the first generation iPhone -- greeted with such hoopla last year -- was not actually the real thing.
That iPhone -- the one that hundreds of thousands of Americans queued up to buy for up to $599 apiece, the one that Time magazine named the Invention of the Year, the one that six million people purchased before Apple finally stopped making them in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 9, 2008 7:31 AM ET
Even as Canada's Rogers Communications and Germany's T-Mobile compete to offer the worst voice and data plans for the iPhone 3G, Hutchison Global Communications on Monday unveiled what may be the best.
Hutchison (HTX), which stuck a deal with Apple (AAPL) in May to bring the iPhone to Hong Kong and Macau, will be offering customers a choice of two pricing plans:
8GB iPhone for HK$2,938 ($377) plus HK$188 per month ($24/month) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 30, 2008 10:16 AM ET
Last week, Steve Jobs announced that in "almost every one" of the 22 countries selling the iPhone 3G on July 11, the maximum price in would be $199 for the 8G model.
AT&T (T) went with the maximum. Some of Apple's (AAPL) international partners are going with the minimum or close to it.
O2 (TEF), which carries the phone in the U.K., announced last week that the iPhone would be free for MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 16, 2008 8:32 AM ET
Hard on the heels of a 75% price cut in Germany and 100 pounds (37%) off in the U.K. comes a report out of Paris that two high-level executives at Orange, the iPhone's wireless carrier in France, have flown to Cupertino to figure out what to do about the excess inventory piling up on their shelves.
Under a headline that reads "L'échec de l'iPhone pousse Orange et Apple à renégocier" ("The MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 19, 2008 11:07 AM ET
Two weeks after T-Mobile slashed the price of the 8 GB iPhone in Germany, Britain's Carphone Warehouse and 02 on Wednesday knocked 100 pounds of the price of the device in England, a 37% reduction. The iPhone that sells in the U.S. for $399 now costs (including VAT) $330 in the U.K. and $155 in Germany. Both promotions will end in June.
Meanwhile, U.S. supplies of the iPhone remain tight. Piper MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 16, 2008 5:51 AM ET
Catching up on late week Apple (AAPL) news...
Beatles on iTunes in 2008. We've heard stories like it before, but this one has a twist. The London Evening Standard reported Saturday that Paul McCartney, who is said to be worth more than $1.65 billion, will begin releasing the Beatles catalog on iTunes in the coming months to help defray the $40 to $60 million it may cost him to get MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 8, 2008 10:23 AM ET
End-of-year sales figures for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone in Europe are trickling in, but not in any form that can be definitively pieced together.
That latest news comes from Germany, where the head of Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile division said in an online interview Saturday that it had signed on 70,000 customers in the 11 weeks since the device went on sale. (link)
What's not clear is whether that number represents iPhone sales or MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 27, 2008 9:17 AM ET
Employees at Carphone Warehouse, the U.K.'s largest cellphone retailer and the main distributor of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone in Britain, have been caught trying to mislead customers about what is and isn't covered by the purchase agreement, according to the BBC.
Responding to viewer complaints, undercover researchers from BBC One's Watchdog unit visited five Carphone Warehouse stores. In three out of the five, a salesperson told BBC staffers posing as customers that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 29, 2007 11:54 AM ET
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