O2 gasps as Orange land the iPhone 3GS
In there Summer there were all manner of rumours concerning the iPhone; specifically, that O2 would lose exclusivity and that both Orange and T-Mobile would pick up the 3G handset to sell, although O2 were expected to retain rights to the newer 3GS. It was more than a rumour according to trade publications - we found this feature in a copy of Mobile Today:
But today Orange have confirmed they will be selling the iPhone 3GS, massively diminishing O2's clout in the market. Obviously T-Mobile haven't announced they're picking the handset up, since they're merging with Orange anyway. There are no pricing details or even a release date yet, just a tantalising page on the Orange website for you to register your interest:
Last week O2 confirmed a UK launch date the Palm Pre, with a near-identical pricing plan to the iPhone 3GS. That O2 secured the Palm Pre in the first place raised eyebrows - how long have O2 been aware that their reign as king of the iPhone has been coming to an end?