“Phone will make its official debut in Israel this week when the country’s three main carriers will start selling the coveted smartphone 2-1/2 years after its initial launch,” Sangwon Yoon reports for Reuters.
“Cellcom, Israel’s largest mobile phone operator, will begin iPhone sales on Wednesday at midnight, a company spokeswoman said,” Yoon reports.
Rival Partner Communications — which operates under the Orange brand — will launch sales on Thursday, a spokeswoman said, while Bezeq Israel Telecom unit Pelephone, the third largest cellular provider, is also slated to start sales on Thursday, local media said,” Yoon reports.
“Israel has one of the highest mobile phone penetration rates in the world at about 125 percent. Some 80,000 Israelis are estimated to already have iPhones, having bought them abroad and had them unlocked,” Yoon reports. “Israeli operators are committed to buy a minimum of 80,000 units each but Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Haim Israel estimates the numbers will be higher.”
More in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]