RUMOR: Apple to announce European version 3G iPhone on Monday; to team with Vodafone, T-Mobile

“A new 3G (European) version of the iPhone will be launched Monday in the UK by Apple – in a join promotion with Vodafone, T-Mobile of Germany, and Carphone Warehouse. It should answer the disappointment with the US version of the iPhone which has been widely slammed for its poor performance as a phone,” Guy J. Kewney blogs for newswireless.net.

MacDailyNews Take: Kewney’s description, “widely slammed,” seems a bit over the top. The network speed has been mentioned as a disappointment (especially when compared to iPhone’s on-board Wi-Fi performance, which blows away 3G, of course) in some initial hands-on reviews, of which there have been just four so far. The jury is still out on how it will perform after AT&T finishes prepping EDGE for the expected influx of millions of iPhones.

Kewney continues, “Hints of the European launch emerged yesterday when Bill Condie of the London Evening Standard tipped Vodafone to be the official carrier, which will be confirmed Monday. But Voda is just part of the picture, with Apple going for a three-pronged European strategy with carriers – again, responding to disappointment in America with the exclusive deal with AT&T/Cingular.”

“Shipment date is still unknown, but ‘on course’ for the year-end date predicted last October by Apple CEO Steve Jobs” Kewney reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: European Guy Kewney is the wireless Editor of eWeek.com and columnist for IT Week and Personal Computer World.

31 Comments

  1. “… widely slammed for it’s performance as a phone”

    Some writers have a gift for using incendiary words to attract attention to their work. Time to toss Kewney on the stack of hacks with the others.

  2. “the iPhone which has been widely slammed for its poor performance as a phone”

    Oh really? Don’t suppose he could give us several examples to support “widely slammed”, could he? Must be talking about all those Microsoft bloggers.

  3. What exactly is this Eurotard smokin’? And how do I get some?

    To all the whiners who want the 3G iPhone for the US- remember how you were bitching about the fact that AT&T is not available everywhere, or has spotty coverage?

    Factor in 3G, and you can slash that coverage by a factor of 10!

    Apple was not about to ship a phone that only city folk could use. That would be absurd. And it wouldn’t make them any $$.

  4. Pure, unadulterated FUD. What better way try to suck some air out of the iPhone’s initial sales than to serve up an unconfirmed report that a “better” iPhone will be announced just after launch weekend, one that offers a feature that the first iPhone has been ‘widely slammed’ for not including.

    Be it by M$, Nokia or Verizon, this guy’s bought and paid for.

  5. 3G coverage in Europe is like EDGE coverage in the States: it’s almost everywhere.

    The problem with 3G in Europe is not the coverage, rather the sh*tty plans. Here’s to hoping that Apple is able to convince Vodafone or whichever carrier picks up the iPhone to have plans that are as simple as the AT&T iPhone plans.

  6. So some nub from the London evening Standard writes an article saying it MIGHT be Vodaphone and the press make a mountain out of a totally unconfirmed ‘maybe’.

    Sorry – but this isnt news until it’s officially announced from Apple and whatever partner (to be decided) announce it.

    I just hope this idiot from the paper hasnt potentially fscked up the deal with vodaphone (IF there is a deal in the first place of course!).

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