“The 3 mobile network is banking on people power to help it convince Apple to allow it to carry the new 3G iPhone in Australia,” Asher Moses reports for The Sydney Morning Herald.
“A new website, three.com.au/iphone, will go live tomorrow and 3 is encouraging customers to register their interest ‘for the powers that be at Apple to see,'” Moses reports.
“Launching on July 11, the second version of the iPhone will be available from both Optus and Vodafone,” Moses reports. “But because the handsets will come locked to specific carriers, those on the 3 or Telstra networks will be unable to use it without a third-party hack, which may not eventuate at all.”
Moses reports, “Noel Hamill, director of sales at 3, said since Apple announced the impending local launch of the iPhone 3 had been inundated with queries from customers wishing to buy the device from 3. ‘We’ve engaged Apple to get the 3G iPhone but at this stage we haven’t been able to range it, so I don’t know if we’re going to be able to range it,’ he said.”
Full article, in which Moses notes that “Apple’s decision to exclude 3 from its local carrier partners is curious given it has partnered with 3’s parent, Hutchison, to launch the device in Hong Kong and Macau,” here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Matt” for the heads up.]
Here’s how you “range” it, Noel: Agree to the terms of the deal by signing on the dotted line. Not by running dopey online signup sheets. Sheesh.