Apple is expected to confirm that O2 will be the iPhone’s official U.K. mobile network Tuesday, as more news emanates concerning Apple’’s iPhone launch plans in Europe.
It appears Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile has secured the rights to sell the iPhone exclusively across five European countries. Orange has secured rights for France.
T-Mobile will sell the iPhone in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary and Croatia, according to a report in the
Financial Times. T-Mobile is rumored to be handing over 10 percent of iPhone revenues in order to clinch this deal.
In the U.K.,
The Guardian claims O2 finally secured a last minute exclusive on the iPhone by agreeing to give Apple 40 percent of iPhone-generated revenue plus a percentage of the sale price, prompting one analyst to characterize the deal as “madly money-losing.”
Original plans had been for Orange and O2 to share the device, on account of the U.K.’s more fractured mobile phone market.
Carphone Warehouse has also been signed up as the sole independent distributor of the product, other than Apple and O2.
Vodafone is described as having dropped out of the bidding war when it realized it would be unable to secure a pan-European deal.
The Guardian report claims a deal with T-Mobile will be confirmed on Wednesday, with a deal in France with Orange set to be confirmed on Thursday this week.