Apple iPhone goes multi-carrier in Germany

“Apple Inc. succeeded in widening the retail-distribution base for its popular iPhone 4 in Germany, after two more carriers said they will sell the device in the country within the next weeks,” Philipp Grontzki and Matthias Karpstein report for Dow Jones Newswire.

“Telefonica SA’s O2 and Vodafone PLC both confirmed Tuesday that they will sell the iPhone 4 within the next weeks in Europe’s largest economy, ending the exclusivity of incumbent telecom provider Deutsche Telekom AG ahead of the crucial Christmas holiday season,” Grontzki and Karpstein report. “Since the first version of the iPhone was launched in late 2007, Deutsche Telekom sold the device on an exclusive basis in Germany.”

Grontzki and Karpstein report, “According to the last figures available, Vodafone, Germany’s second-largest mobile provider by subscribers, has 34.87 million mobile customers; and O2, the smallest mobile network provider in the country, has 16.3 million customers. Deutsche Telekom has 36.98 million mobile customers in Germany.”

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26 Comments

  1. “According to the last figures available, Vodafone, Germany’s second-largest mobile provider by subscribers, has 34.87 million mobile customers; and O2, the smallest mobile network provider in the country, has 16.3 million customers. Deutsche Telekom has 36.98 million mobile customers in Germany.”

    These are bogus numbers, Germany has a total population of 80 million, how is it supposed to have 85 million cell phone subscribers?

  2. “According to the last figures available, Vodafone, Germany’s second-largest mobile provider by subscribers, has 34.87 million mobile customers; and O2, the smallest mobile network provider in the country, has 16.3 million customers. Deutsche Telekom has 36.98 million mobile customers in Germany.”

    These are bogus numbers, Germany has a total population of 80 million, how is it supposed to have 85 million cell phone subscribers?

  3. One down, three to go: U.S.A., Spain and China.

    It’s going to be very interesting to see how Android grows–or not–when iPhone is on multiple carriers in these three countries.

    The fact that Apple got the iPad in China and Walmart in less than six months tells you that they are not fooling around anymore. Major, major bloodbath ahead.

  4. One down, three to go: U.S.A., Spain and China.

    It’s going to be very interesting to see how Android grows–or not–when iPhone is on multiple carriers in these three countries.

    The fact that Apple got the iPad in China and Walmart in less than six months tells you that they are not fooling around anymore. Major, major bloodbath ahead.

  5. Well to be fair, the iPhone has always had a bit of a problem here in Germany (starting with the original iPhone which didn’t sell well at all) compared to say Britain and France..don’t really know the reason, but let’s see how things will work out now with multiple carriers.

  6. Well to be fair, the iPhone has always had a bit of a problem here in Germany (starting with the original iPhone which didn’t sell well at all) compared to say Britain and France..don’t really know the reason, but let’s see how things will work out now with multiple carriers.

  7. Im so excited!

    I ordered my iPhone the week they were released in Mexico, September 1st, have been on a waiting list for over a month.

    Just got the call its arrived!! The only downer is we are in a hurricane warning, and I’m not going to drive the 50 miles , and they are closed tomorrow because Paula is hitting tonight!

  8. Im so excited!

    I ordered my iPhone the week they were released in Mexico, September 1st, have been on a waiting list for over a month.

    Just got the call its arrived!! The only downer is we are in a hurricane warning, and I’m not going to drive the 50 miles , and they are closed tomorrow because Paula is hitting tonight!

  9. Germans are very conservative when it comes to technology, they always take much longer to accept new innovations, especially ones that appear like a fad at first glance. The iPhone came out with a lot of fanfare, which would make most Germans react skeptically. Besides, as a quality company Apple has always had a hard sell in Germany, strangely enough, because most Germans regard their computers as low-end commodities. One of the biggest sellers of computers and cell phones is the market chain Aldi, which in comparison makes Walmart come across as upscale.

  10. Germans are very conservative when it comes to technology, they always take much longer to accept new innovations, especially ones that appear like a fad at first glance. The iPhone came out with a lot of fanfare, which would make most Germans react skeptically. Besides, as a quality company Apple has always had a hard sell in Germany, strangely enough, because most Germans regard their computers as low-end commodities. One of the biggest sellers of computers and cell phones is the market chain Aldi, which in comparison makes Walmart come across as upscale.

  11. “These are bogus numbers, Germany has a total population of 80 million, how is it supposed to have 85 million cell phone subscribers?”

    There are people who has more mobile phones than one. I have my own telephone and then I have the work phone. It is that easy. There are over 30 countries where the mobilephone penetration is over 100%. Here in Finland it is something like 110%? (Could’t quickly find the exact figure.)

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