Apple Store“Few mobile phones have created more buzz before becoming a reality than Apple’s iPhone — even in Europe and Asia, which will not see the talked-about handset for many months,” Thomas Crampton reports for The New York Times.

“Apple says that sales of iPhones will begin in the United States in late June, in Europe later this year and in Asia next year. But the company has been silent on how the iPhone will be distributed in Europe, prompting speculation about operator alliances and retail partnerships,” Crampton reports. “The approach in the fragmented European market is widely expected to be different from the one employed in the American introduction, which is AT&T’s exclusively.”

“Almost half of current iPod owners would consider the iPhone as their next mobile phone, according to a survey of 2,000 Europeans by Canalys, a research firm based in Reading, England. And an online poll conducted in April by the British online publisher Shiny Media found that 25 percent of those surveyed would be willing to switch service providers to own an iPhone,” Crampton reports.

Crampton reports, “If iPhones in Europe support 3G [Related article: Apple preps 3G iPhone model for Europe – February 25, 2007], the two most likely beneficiaries would be 3, a Hutchison Whampoa mobile network that has 3G licenses in Austria, Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Norway and Sweden, and T-Mobile, which has 3G licenses in Austria, Britain and Germany, analysts said,” Crampton reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]