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
[UPDATE: Below the fold, CdnPhoto's latest version of the map, with Spain and Poland removed because they are still at the rumor stage.]
Like many Apple (AAPL) watchers, the investors at IMO's Apple Finance Forum have been closely following this week's flurry of announcements of iPhone deals with carriers around the world. One of the contributors to the forum -- a regular from Toronto who posts as CdnPhoto -- has MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 9, 2008 9:09 AM ET
News and rumors about the iPhone's global expansion keep rolling in.
Citing a source at Swisscom, Lausanne-based Le Matin Online reported on Thursday that Apple had concluded an agreement to bring the 3G iPhone to Switzerland this summer (link, in French). Swisscom, with 5.1 million subscribers, is the country's largest mobile carrier.
Meanwhile, France Telecom CFO Gervais Pellissier said on Wednesday that his company was in talks with Apple (AAPL) to extend MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 8, 2008 7:45 AM ET
In dueling press releases, Vodafone and Telecom Italia announced on Tuesday that they have both signed contracts with Apple to carry the iPhone in Italy -- the first sign that Apple may be relaxing its demands for revenue sharing with individual carriers in exchange for exclusivity.
The biggest deal is the one with Vodafone. Having lost the bidding war to carry the iPhone in its home market to O2, UK-based Vodafone MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 6, 2008 8:35 AM ET
One of the questions left unanswered when Apple (AAPL) finally sealed the deal with Orange to market the iPhone in France -- where it's illegal to sell a phone that's locked to a particular carrier -- was how much customers who wanted to buy the device without a contract would have to pay.
Now we know, thanks to a court in Hamburg, Germany: a premium of 600 euros, or $880, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 21, 2007 11:24 AM ET
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