“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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