“Matthew Key was in California last week, briefing Steve Jobs on the iPhone’s impact in the UK,” Andrew Parker reports for The Financial Times. “The incoming chief executive of O2 Europe, the exclusive mobile network for the iPhone in the UK, gave an upbeat report to Apple’s chief executive.”
“Mr Key says 200,000 iPhones should have be sold in Britain by early January – in line with his expectations since its November 9 launch, although some analysts claim his target is conservative. Gartner, the research firm, says sales of up to 400,000 should be possible,” Parker reports.
“A 3G version of the iPhone will be launched by Apple next year; Mr Key is confident that O 2 will also have an exclusive deal for the mark two device,” Parker reports. “O2 has signed a multi-year deal with Apple for the iPhone, and Mr Key insists Vodafone, for example, could not muscle in and take the 3G iPhone in the UK.”
“Capitalising on the iPhone will be one of Mr Key’s priorities when he succeeds Peter Erskine as chief executive of O 2 Europe at the end of January,” Parker reports.
“About 60 per cent of iPhone customers are sending or receiving more than 25 megabytes of data per month, which is the equivalent of sending 7,500 e-mails. By comparison, only 1.8 per cent of O2 ‘s other mobile customers on monthly contracts are consuming more than 25MB per month,” Parker reports. “The O2 research suggests that, after years of dashed hopes for the operators, customers are on the verge of surfing the web on their mobiles in significant numbers.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike in Helsinki” for the heads up.]
iPhone customers use data because the device wasn’t designed by blind, tasteless engineering monkeys and bland bean counters who are concerned infinitely more about profit than usability. For one example: the ease with which iPhone takes a photo and emails it routinely astounds non-iPhone users. Leaves ’em speechless. Beyond being sad, that’s also a telling indictment of the state of non-Apple mobile device makers’ user interfaces (or lack thereof).