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Vodafone UK customers will get iPhone 3GS

Just yesterday I was getting a notable amount of email and phone calls from really quite annoyed Vodafone executives about Orange’s iPhone announcement yesterday.

There was a significant amount of discussion across the mobile community yesterday, a lot of it directed at how rubbish Vodafone had been for not getting the iPhone.

I mean… how bad do you have to be. Three hundred million plus customers and you can’t persuade Steve Jobs to give you the nod — and your biggest competitor (T-Mo/Orange) has just got the goods.
Awwwwh shucks!

There was no need to panic! The pain was transitory…

Vodafone and Apple today confirmed that they have reached agreement to bring iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS to the UK and Ireland in early 2010.

Beginning today, Vodafone UK and Vodafone Ireland customers can register their interest in iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS at www.vodafone.co.uk/iphone and www.vodafone.ie/iphone respectively. Pricing, tariffs and availability information will be announced locally in the future.

Vodafone now offers iPhone through thirteen of its operating companies.

Bring it ONNNN.

Now then, as another chap from Vodafone Group pointed out yesterday, “Don’t worry Ewan, it’ll be on Tesco Mobile before you know it.”

Goodness me, that can’t be far away now then…

So to all Vodafone UK customers sitting looking wistfully at their feature phones hoping for more…

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

20 replies on “Vodafone UK customers will get iPhone 3GS”

To be honest, most of the real action will happen post Christmas once the 18 month 3G early adopters have their contracts come up for renewal, so I don't think Voda are going to miss out too much by not having it out before christmas.

What do you reckon will be the effect of iphone against the new 360 phones VF have just launched? Rather, would 360 be more successful on the iphone itself and be a better sales hook as a value added service than say, signing up to Orange who don't seem to offer more than O2 does at this point in time.

Well now Sheepdog, we haven't seen the Orange proposition as yet so I don't think we should be comparing them and o2 side-by-side yet.

I think you're right with the 360 perspective though…

To be honest, most of the real action will happen post Christmas once the 18 month 3G early adopters have their contracts come up for renewal, so I don't think Voda are going to miss out too much by not having it out before christmas.

What do you reckon will be the effect of iphone against the new 360 phones VF have just launched? Rather, would 360 be more successful on the iphone itself and be a better sales hook as a value added service than say, signing up to Orange who don't seem to offer more than O2 does at this point in time.

Well now Sheepdog, we haven't seen the Orange proposition as yet so I don't think we should be comparing them and o2 side-by-side yet.

I think you're right with the 360 perspective though…

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