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T-Mobile is European frontrunner for exclusive iPhone deal, sources claim

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Apple iPhoneAccording to 'sources', T-Mobile is the current favourite to become the exclusive distributor for the iPhone, closely followed by Vodafone.

The unnamed sources think that the two companies have already been shortlisted by Apple, but that T-Mobile, owned by Deutsche Telekom, has the edge.

Gartner research director, Martin Gutberlet, believes that the more fragmented nature of the European mobile phone network means that Apple could be making a mistake by looking for a single operator.

"It would be in Apple's best interests to get more than one operator to distribute the phone," he said, adding that Apple may initially sign with one operator, realise its mistake later on, and look for other distributors later on.

We don't know if the iPhone will launch across Europe in one go, or roll out at different times, but a crucial factor may be that T-Mobile don't have a prominent presence in Italy, Spain, or France.

(Via Marketing Week)

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  • jp

    I hope Apple does not make a deal with T-mobile, the service and strengt of the signal is really bad. Vodafone is much better then T-mobile. And for the best signal and service they have to look at KPN. Never had any problems with them, can't say the same thing about T-mobile, they suck real bad.

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