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.
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…