When you see the headline "Apple secures Europe iPhone revenue deals" in a respected paper like the Financial Times, you take notice, because it reads as if a deal has been done with Apple and at least one mobile network to distribute the iPhone in Europe.
"Apple has succeeded in committing European mobile phone operators that want exclusively to sell its new iPhone to share parts of their revenues with the technology group," the article begins.
"The contract, which was signed by three European mobile operators in recent days, requires that the operators hand over to Apple 10 per cent of the revenues made from calls and data transfers by customers over iPhones."
"The contract was signed by T-Mobile of Germany, Orange of France and O2 in the UK, people familiar with the situation told FT Deutschland, the Financial Times’s sister paper."
There's the crunch. "People familiar with the situation". In other words, "unnamed sources". In other words... rumour.
Last Thursday I grabbed a few minutes to chat with Richard Warmsley, Head of Internet on the Move at T-Mobile UK, about their Web 'n Walk, Music Jukebox and other services available to customers. And also to tease him about his straight-to-the-point job title. Hey, it's better than Communications Manager, non?...
T-Mobile has announced that it's launching Pocket Comedy TV on its trial mobile TV service. The specially designed-for-mobile TV channel from Mobix will feature a range of stand-up and TV comedy, as well as cartoons and viral comedy clips, with comedians including Ricky Gervais, Lee Evans and Jack Dee, and programmes including Father Ted and League of Gentlemen.
Though details are a little sketchy (uh ha ha), the promise is that the channel has been designed specifically with mobile users on small screens in mind - presumably rather than simply being ported from other formats - and the content is updated regularly.
Stuart Dredge writes...
The speculation about who's going to be selling Apple's iPhone here in Europe is already rather tiresome. A couple of weeks ago, Vodafone was the cast-iron certainty, yet earlier this week it was T-Mobile, and now apparently it's O2.
As Stuart reported on Tuesday, T-Mobile has launched a new service, Music Jukebox, which allows users to download music tracks straight to their mobile phones or PCs. I took some time on Tuesday to chat to Damian Byrne, the Head of Entertainment at T-Mobile...
The latest rumour surrounding the iPhone's European launch is that it's coming on November 1st, and will be sold exclusively by Germany's Deutsche Telekom, known better in the UK as T-Mobile. Unnamed sources in the German newspaper Rheinische Post claim...
Andy Merrett writes...
Now that the deal with the first US version of the iPhone is virtually tied up, the rumourmongers have turned their attentions squarely to Europe.
Yes, I'll come out straight away and call it a rumour, because I'm not convinced that Monday will see an announcement from Apple about the European iPhone.
If I'm proved wrong next week, so be it.
Guy Kewney at Newswireless.net has published a story claiming that Apple has struck a rather complicated deal between Vodafone, T-Mobile, and the Carphone Warehouse.