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Germany's Iphone launch set for November 9th

T-Mobile confesses
Wed Sep 19 2007, 13:49

GERMANY'S T-MOBILE division of Deutsche Telekom AG will start selling Apple Iphones on November 9, the company announced today.

The November 9 launch date for T-Mobile's Iphone in Germany is the same as projected by O2 in Britain.

Apple's sleek, supercool combination cell-phone, media player and Internet device will cost € 399 in Germany (about $533), Apple's CEO Steve Jobs and Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann told reporters.

There has been speculation that France's Orange and Spain's Telefonica SA, O2's parent company, will offer the Iphone in those countries, but neither company has confirmed anything.

Last week Apple said it had sold one million Iphones in the US, a number that must have disappointed it somewhat, because it simultanously cut the price of the top of the line model Iphone by one third or $200.

O2 is said to have promised Apple a 40 per cent kickback on the monthly charges incurred by Iphone users. One wonders if Apple was able to extract such a similarly sweet deal from Deutsche Telekom AG. Other cellphone makers like Nokia, Samsung and the rest would almost kill for such kickbacks on mobile charges.

Naturally, unlocking Iphones to escape such high cellphone costs might become very popular. µ



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