T-Mobile clinches iPhone for Austria

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from Macworld UK. Visit Macworld U.K.’s blog page for the latest Mac news from across the Atlantic.

T-Mobile has confirmed itself to be Apple’s official iPhone launch partner in Austria.

The company’s CEO Hamid Akhavan confirmed these plans this morning, promising the network will begin offering the device in Austria during the first half of this year.

T-Mobile is already Apple’s chosen network partner for Germany. The company also confirmed its intent to ship the first mobile phone powered by Google’s Android platform in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The news emerges as speculation continues to predict announcements of deals to introduce iPhone in Switzerland, Canada, Spain, Italy, Belgium, and Japan.

When announcing Apple’s first-quarter earnings last month, chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer said the company planned to introduce the iPhone to additional European countries and to Asia in 2008. Currently the iPhone sells in the U.K., Germany, and France, in addition to the United States.

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