RUMOR: Apple iPhone to be Cingular-exclusive in US launch, O2-exclusive in Europe

“Apple and Cingular have signed an agreement that will make the US’ largest cell phone provider the exclusive carrier of Apple’s forthcoming phone, sources report. Apple’s iPhone remains on track for an early 2007 release,” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret.

“As previously reported, Apple’s phone will feature a candy-bar design with a 2.2-inch display and 3 megapixel camera. Robust iTunes and iSync support will also be delivered with the phone,” Katz reports. “Apple’s exclusive contract with Cingular is said to be good for the first six months, sources report, meaning other providers will be able to sell the phone in the second-half of 2007.”

“O2 had the exclusive on the ROKR in Europe, however, suggesting that provider may again be tapped to launch Apple’s phone,” Katz reports. “Meanwhile, insiders say Apple is internally estimating that shipments of the iPhone will top a staggering 25 million in 2007 alone.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “raddoc” and “Tom M.” for the heads up.]

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55 Comments

  1. I’m hoping beyond hope that this rumor will finally come to pass. The rumor that will never die…. It’s funny how persistent this rumor is, given that Apple has never mentioned it.

    If there’s nothing at MacWorld in January, I think all is lost.

    However, the rumor will probably live on.

  2. darn… was kind of hoping that ALPe would launch its own network, that way there would be an even greater integration with .Mac and other Apple-specific features.

    But on the bright side, that means that I can use this iPhone in HK on any network! Hurrah! Just as long as it has full synchronisation with OSX and works just like it, then I’m happy whatever the network!

    BRING IT ON!!!

  3. Not good enough. I need this phone to have a mini version of Address Book AND iCal which will sync with my Mac. Then I can ditch my Treo (which really has a mediocre GUI). Of course, the best would be if it could run some version of OS X and Opera for surfing and Mail for email as well as other apps (like games). And a touch screen with virtual keypad…

    Well, I can dream, can’t I? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  4. why only US?? With all respect, US mobile market isn’t as modern as Europe, let alone Japan and South Korea.
    Though I know it’s kinda hard to enter Japan and South Korea (because of the technology differences n competition) plus iPhone spec would be kinda old for both countries (3 MP is nothing there), at least Apple should still sell it in other asian countries because I think the market is promising.

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