Canadian cell carrier Rogers announces iPhone deal

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Canadian cell service provider Rogers Communications will be bringing its users the iPhone, according to a statement.

“We’re thrilled to announced that we have a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada later this year,” said Ted Rogers, President and CEO of Rogers Communications. “We can’t tell you any more about it right now, but stay tuned.”

Rogers’ statement came as the wireless carrier—Canada’s largest—announced that its first-quarter profit had doubled.

Canada would join a growing number of countries that make up the iPhone’s market. Apple has already introduced its mobile device to the U.K., Germany, France, Ireland, and Austria. A report in an Italian newspaper last week said that the iPhone would also arrive in Italy this year, without an exclusive carrier and with 3G compatibility.

Apple executives have said that the company plans to introduce the iPhone to Asia as well as additional European countries in 2008.

Updated at 7:35 a.m. PT to include more information on the iPhone’s international presence.

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