Nordic carriers TeliaSonera and Telenor in talks with Apple over iPhone deal

“Nordic telecommunications operators TeliaSonera and Telenor said Friday they are both in active talks with Apple Inc. regarding a deal over the much-hyped iPhone,” Dow Jones reports.

“Spokesmen from both companies told Dow Jones Newswires they were ‘very interested in the iPhone,’ but said they couldn’t say more due to ongoing discussions,” Dow Jones reports.

“‘We have seen immense interest in the iPhone from our customers,’ said Anders Krokan, Telenor spokesman,” Dow Jones reports. “‘We are still in talks, but I doubt we would be able to offer the iPhone this year,’ Krokan said.”

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29 Comments

  1. Who cares about Nordic – lets go India, China and Asia where the growth is – SJ is stop this age old strategy of Europe first and then Asia – times have changed Asia first and then Europe – really. open some store in india and china before too late

  2. You should care. Even though Nordics is only about 22-23 million people. They do buy more smart phones pr year than germans do.

    GSM has its infancy in the Nordics and is home of 2 of the major phone vendors (Nokia and Ericsson)

    If Apple can do it here – they can do it anywhere

  3. oh yeah if they can do it anywhere – my point exactly.
    just do it in Asia and Indian and Brazil and russia – ever heard of BRIC countries…Europe will follow. No point dealing with each country individually for years what is the point of a European Union anyways?

  4. “Nordic telecommunications operators TeliaSonera and Telenor said Friday they are BOTH in active talks with Apple Inc. regarding a deal over the much-hyped iPhone,” Dow Jones reports”
    OK, I know I’m being picky, but shouldn’t that say, “Nordic telecommunications operators TeliaSonera and Telenor BOTH said Friday they are in active talks with Apple Inc. regarding a deal over the much-hyped iPhone”?

    I somehow doubt that each company said they are both in talks, much more likely that both companies said they are each in talks. The distinction may seem subtle, but still valid.

  5. The thing is every Norwegian can afford an iPhone. Most Swedes and Finns can also afford an iPhone.

    Japan and South Korea aside, most Asians and South Americans cannot afford a cheap computer with a pirated Windows OS, let alone a top end cell phone.

  6. You said, “Who cares about Nordic – lets go India, China and Asia where the growth is – SJ is stop this age old strategy of Europe first and then Asia – times have changed Asia first and then Europe – really. open some store in india and china before too late”

    Asia is still the arm pit of the world when it comes to anything buy manufacturing. Sure they have cheap labor and do not mind dumping their toxins on the farm land, yet. But stealing is just ok with everyone over there. People use each other all the time.

    Microsoft is giving its software away over there cause people will steal it rather than buy it. What are they asking for Vista now, $3??

    So, drop this focus on “the most sold” or the largest mfg, etc. That worked 20 years ago. Now the world is much more complex. Just ask Apple. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    PS, Why America and Europe? Trends. Just look at who sets the trends. Sure, all kind of stuff comes out of Asia, but it does not become a trend until Europe or the USA makes it one. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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  7. Asia will get the iPhone once it goes 3G in 2008. That’s what Steve Jobs said, that’s what’ll happen. My understanding is Japan doesn’t even have EDGE, so the iPhone would be pretty much useless there until a newer version comes out.

  8. Another point is adding language support for the prediction/autocorrection feature for the virtual keyboard.
    Will Apple think it’s worth the trouble and cost to add 5 languages for 5 small countries (all less than 10M).

    Scandinavian languages follow the same structure as English, so an updated dictionary (+frequency table?) is sufficient. But for Finnish, a modified algorithm is needed. Finnish is a synthetic language, meaning that e.g. for each verb, approx. 15 million different words can be derived, indicating person, tense, intent, duration etc. So a simple lookout-table will not do. A whole lot of work for 80.000 customers (1% of 8 million).

    In iWork Pages, it has not been worth the trouble for Apple: there’s no Finnish spell-check/hyphenation.

  9. Coe out of your cave – what are you 60 years olds.
    Obviously you haven’t looked at who has the best jobs on Wall Street and Silicon Valley these days – have you now????

    Asian has more per capita smartphones than all of Europe combined bte – only if you did some research.
    Do you know Asia already uses only 3G – unlike the USA????
    and have wifi in all their subways??

    broaden your horizon a bit – stop watching abc, CBS, NBC, Fox all day long

  10. are you guys really that ignorant- the biggest steel co is mitral – India based.
    richest guy in uk is Indian
    Tata motors of India in talks to buy jaguar.
    Asia hahad the same pcs as the rest of the world for quite some time
    btw Europe’a armpits must be cleaner than the rest of their body even when they shower.
    when china’s market crashes rest of the world follows – do you care when European markets fall – neither do I.

  11. are you guys really that ignorant- the biggest steel co is mitral – India based.
    richest guy in uk is Indian
    Tata motors of India in talks to buy jaguar.
    Asia hahad the same pcs as the rest of the world for quite some time
    btw Europe’a armpits must be cleaner than the rest of their body even when they shower.
    when china’s market crashes rest of the world follows – do you care when European markets fall – neither do I.

  12. ” a cheap computer with a pirated Windows OS”

    WTF?
    Are you telling me that the $5 copy of Vista Ultimate I bought in Shanghai on the street that came in that nice plastic bag with images of Mickey and Pluto in Christmas garb was a fake?

    Good thing I kept my receipt.

  13. You paid 5 dollars – when I was in new york I got some copies for 2 dollars and what about the viruses I downloaded from napster and kazaa – where was that – nah not in shanghai – any ides where that was;)

    Also simetiing about enron….

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