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Finally, rumors have come to an end: The Apple iPhone will be distributed in Germany by T-Mobile at a price of 399 EUR including a contract from November 9th 2007. The crucial question about the iPhone rates at T-Mobile is still left open.
Steve Jobs traveled to Berlin personally to present the new gadget with Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann.
From November 9th the iPhone will also be available in Great Britain and France. O2 (GB) will sell them for 269 GBP and Orange (FR) also for 399 EUR. In Great Britain the secret of the O2-iPhone rates was disclosed. O2 will charge a 35, 45 or 55 GBP per month rate for a data traffic flat rate an 200, 600 or 1,200 free minutes.
Accoding to FTD, the Deutsche Telekom is planning to sell one Million iPhones in the last quarter. That’s a quite remarkable number, especially because the missing UMTS support of the iPhone will probably may deter potential customers. Some probably will wait for the UMTS / 3G version of the iPhone which should be available next year. Also the market entry of the iPod-touch as a WiFi capable mobile Internet terminal at the end of this month will more likely lower the needs for iPhones than boost it.
For Apple as a company, for mobile application developers and for the endusers this isn’t bad news at all. Far from it: Because of the availability of a critical mass of standardized mobile web terminals (same screen-size, same usability, same web browser Safari 3) an innovative, viral and worldwide mobile business market may develop!
And this would also make the Deutsche Telekom happy, at the end ;-)

Sources: O2.co.uk, Ftd-reuters Video , Ftd.de, Apple.com

T-Mobile supposed to bet he big winner of the Apple iPhone Poker in Europe – according to the Financial Times Deutschland (FTD). Besides Germany, the Apple iPhone should also be distributed by the local Deutsche-Telekom-subsidiaries in Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary and Croatia. On Wednesday, Sep. 19th 2007 the Deutsche Telekom will hold a press conference in Berlin, Germany. Maybe this is the point to publish their negotiation achievements. The bitter pill T-Mobile had to swallow was substantial: According to the FTD, the network operator has to pay 10% of the voice- and data-revenues to Apple. A real novelty in the hotly contested mobile communication market – where only revenue-sharing in the sales field was common. Apple opens up a new market of constant revenues ;-)

Source: ftd.de (only German)

me-on-tv

It’s no secret, that video-telephony is not a "killer application" but a shelve warmer for mobile operators around the world. Video-telephony had to pay for a outstanding unique selling proposition for 3G or UMTS mobile phones over and over again. But it wasn’t convincing customers.
Now, Ericsson introduced a new 3G mobile application with the TV-production-company Endemol from the Netherlands: Me-On-TV. Mehr …

iPod touch

The Apple Event on September 5th with Steve Jobs was really stunning. The complete iPod product line is renewed and Apple created even a new type of iPod: the iPod touch. On the first look this is just a further development of the iPod-portfolio for watching movies in widescreen on the move. But it is far more – it’s a revolution!
Until now, iPods have been music playing devices … only some 3rd-party accessories enabled the iPod to record audio and you also can play some games on them. But the new iPod touch goes far beyond: WiFi/WLAN and the built in Safari webbrowser transform the music- and video-player into a mobile internet surfing terminal. On the one hand, Apple stimulates developers to create especially optimized webpages and content for the iPhone and the iPod touch. On the other hand Mehr …

According to the German Financial Times Apple made it’s decision for the partners of the European rollout of the iPhone:

  • Germany: T-Mobile
  • United Kingdom: O2
  • France: Orange

There is no official announcement for the partnership until now. We probably have to wait for the IFA in Berlin. There may be "one more thing" on the worldwide consumer electronics trade show starting on August 31st ;-)

Source: ftd.de

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