“The big mobile phone operators, including O2, are battling for the exclusive rights to Apple’s new iPhone in the UK. Telefónica, O2’s Spanish owner, is understood to have held preliminary talks with Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, about a potential tie-up in Britain and Europe,” Elizabeth Judge reports for The Times.
“Apple, which launched the iPhone on Tuesday, is expected to offer the revolutionary touchscreen mobile phone exclusively to one network operator when it launches in the UK at the end of the year,” Judge reports. “O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile are all contenders for the contract.”
“Apple is understood to be seeking exclusive contracts with mobile operators in order to secure greater control over the product and customer service offering,” Judge reports. “Mobile phone companies might also be prepared to pay a higher price for the rights to have their brand exclusively aligned with the iPhone, which is expected to become a bestseller for Apple.”
Judge reports, “The share prices of rival mobile phone manufacturers slipped yesterday, amid concern that the iPhone launch could damage their sales seriously.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “British Mac Head” for the heads up.]
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