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Voda upsets German Apple cart

Californian cool peddler Apple, has had a spanner thrown into the works of its German iPhone strategy and could be forced to sell an unlocked version of the device in the country. On Tuesday it emerged that Vodafone Germany had won an injunction against the iPhone’s exclusive German carrier, T-Mobile, forcing the company to sell […]

O2 notes shift to postpay contracts as iPhone launches

The iconic Apple iPhone went on sale in the UK and Germany on Friday evening, marking the start of a new wave of operator competition in some of the world’s most mature mobile markets. It’s too early to tell whether the device will be a boon to UK partner O2, but on Monday, the Telefonica-owned […]

1.4 million iPhones in the wild

Californian electronics shop Apple reported that it has sold 1.38 million iPhones to date, after shifting 1.119 million in the third quarter. Apple introduced the iPhone on June 29 and sold its 1 millionth device 74 days later. The iconic device is due to reach European shores next month, first arriving in the UK and […]

Half of AT&T 3Q subs bought iPhone

It wasn’t just Apple’s own spirits being lifted by the success of the iPhone this week. Exclusive US carrier AT&T probably had a lot to thank Steve Jobs and co for as its wireless subscriber base topped 65.7 million at the end of the third quarter. AT&T added 2 million net subscribers during the quarter […]

Apple opens iPhone up to third party apps

Not content with releasing a SIM unlocked version of the iPhone, Apple front man, Steve “Jesus” Jobs just keeps the miracles coming. Now he’s promising to let third party apps run natively on the device. In a posting on the company site, Jobs spills the beans: “Let me just say it: We want native third […]

Apple finally signs Orange France in iPhone deal

The speculation over the future of the Apple iPhone in France is finally over, as local mobile operator Orange signs an exclusive deal to deliver the iconic device. The failure of Apple and Orange to officially announce an iPhone partnership in France had caused a stir over the past couple of weeks. The respective announcements […]

Unlocked iPhones coming to France

Never mind all those hackers out there, trying to stay one step ahead of Apple by breaking the SIM lock on the iPhone. It looks like Apple might have finally come undone by its own desire to put the unit on shelves in France. Following Wednesday’s announcement that Apple and Orange have finally hammered out […]

iPhone hackers bite Apple back, beat update

One of the numerous Apple iPhone hacking groups claims to have beaten the latest update from Apple, which rendered many iPhones useless. The guys behind iPhoneSimFree have released an updated hack, which they claim now works with any versions of the iPhone firmware, including 1.0.0, 1.0.1, 1.0.2, 1.1.1. This means owners of hacked iPhones can […]

All may not be well between Apple and Orange

The failure of Apple and Orange to officially announce an iPhone partnership in France has been something of a curiosity for the past couple of weeks. The respective announcements from O2 UK and T-Mobile Germany came out as and when predicted, but the lack of something official from Orange France has raised a few eyebrows, […]

Qualcomm picks Apple lawyer

US chip shop Qualcomm said Friday that it has plucked a new senior legal advisor from Apple. Donald Rosenberg has been named executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, replacing Lou Lupin who resigned in August, less than a week after the Bush administration let stand the US International Trade Commission (ITC) order barring […]

Poison Apple: hacked iPhones given kiss of death

It looks like Apple almost made good on its threats to brick hacked iPhones, when a software patch released Thursday night began systematically killing off modified devices. Apple sent out a thinly veiled threat on Monday evening, warning iPhone owners that have hacked their devices to expect them to turn into fancy bricks. Earlier this […]

Apple warns iPhone hackers

Apple sent out a thinly veiled threat on Monday evening, warning iPhone owners that have hacked their devices to expect them to turn into fancy bricks. Earlier this month, a number of hacker groups unleashed their wares upon the iPhone fan base, selling, and in some cases giving away, tools to unlock the device from […]

Apple’s worst kept secret revealed

Apple frontman Steve Jobs and O2 UK’s Matthew Key were the CEO double act Tuesday morning at Apple’s flagship store on Regent Street, London, where an iPhone announcement as predictable as Jobs’ wardrobe (black turtleneck, jeans, stubble) was made. It was revealed that the UK’s biggest mobile carrier had signed an exclusive multi-year deal, which […]

Big iPhone news this week

The European iPhone retailers are expected to be revealed on Tuesday, putting an end to months of speculation. telecoms.com will be attending an Apple-hosted press conference in London on Tuesday morning, where it’s expected that O2 will be revealed as the company’s UK partner. Orange is thought to have won the contract for France, while […]

iPhone hacks available

A bunch of hackers, which claim to have developed the first software-based unlocking tool for the Apple iPhone, have finally made their application available – for a price. A coupe of weeks ago, the iPhoneSIMFree group claimed to have built an application that can unlock the iPhone so it can be used on any GSM […]

Jobs says sorry for iPhone price cut

Almost immediately after slashing the price of the 8GB iPhone and discontinuing the 4GB model, Apple boss Steve Jobs has been forced to issue an apology to the hordes of angry fans that paid out $599 to get their hands on the gadget first. Not that they’ll get their money back. Instead, Apple will issue […]

One million iPhones sold

Apple continues to dominate the headlines, with company boss, Steve Jobs, revealing Monday that the 1 millionth iPhone has been sold. The announcement means Apple has reached its 1 million milestone ahead of schedule. In July, Jobs said that the company hoped to sell its 1 millionth iPhone by the end of the third quarter, […]

Apple slashes iPhone prices

In a move that will likely frustrate many of the first wave of buyers for Apples much-hyped iPhone, the vendor has cut the retail price of the 8Gb version of the handset by $200 to $399, and has discontinued the 4Gb model altogether. The price cut can be interpreted in two ways. Either sales have […]

Operators warned on handset deals

Research house Analysys has warned operators to tread carefully as they look to sign a new wave of deals with their handset suppliers. The firm’s statement comes in the wake of unconfirmed press reports that Apple has signed up a clutch of major European operators for distribution of its iPhone – and that these operators have […]

Nokia opens door to services; devices not enough

Finnish vendor Nokia lifted the curtain on a slew of offerings on Wednesday, highlighting the company’s shift towards a more services oriented strategy. At a presentation held in London, chief executive, Olli Pekka Kallasvuo, introduced ‘Ovi’, a gateway to Nokia services suites. Trivia fans note that ‘ovi’ means ‘door’ in Finnish. Evidently going after the […]

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