Apple to first launch iPhone in ‘major’ European countries later this year

“Apple will unleash its iPhone into the European market during the fourth quarter of 2007. But, it seems not all European consumers will be granted access to the so-called must-have gadget this side of Christmas,” James Sherwood reports for Reg Hardware.

“The handset, which launched in the US on 29 June, will initially appear in a few ‘major’ European countries, but the company hasn’t named which countries,” Sherwood reports.

“Apple’s iPhone sales strategy, with as yet unnamed European partners, will also be annouced later in the fourth quarter. However, Asia and those European countries not deemed ‘major’ by it will not officially receive the handset until 2008,” Sherwood reports.

“The long awaited European announcement was made by Apple’s CFO Peter Oppenheimer yesterday during a conference call to discuss its third quarter financial results,” Sherwood reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: For what it’s worth – and it might give some indication of where Apple’s initial interests lie – Apple launched their iTunes Store in Europe first in the UK, France and Germany in June 2004. Four months later, in October 2004, Apple launched iTunes Store in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain (Canada followed two months later in December 2004). Five months after that, in May 2005, came Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland (Japan followed in August and Australia in October 2005 and New Zealand in December 2006). Of course, keep in mind that music licensing agreements affected and/or dictated the iTunes Store launch dates.

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