European Carriers Will Have to Share iPhone Service Revenue with Apple

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The iPhone has been available in the United States for almost two months now, but Apple has yet to announce when this combination iPod and mobile phone will be available in other regions.

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But just because there haven’t been any official news doesn’t mean things haven’t been going on behind the scenes. Apple has reportedly concluded negotiations with three European wireless carriers to offer this device on terms very favorable to the Cupertino-based company.

The three carriers — O2, Orange, and T-Mobile — will each be giving Apple 10 percent of the revenue generated by iPhone users for voice and data service, according to FT.com. This is the first time a phone maker has ever shared in the money generated from one of their device’s wireless service, and is an indication of how eager these carriers are to be the exclusive provider of this device in a geographical area.

Supposedly, the plan is for O2 to be the sole distributor in the U.K., Orange will handle France, and the iPhone will be available in Germany only through T-Mobile.

The official announcement of this deal is expected to come later this month, and all three carriers will launch this smartphone in November.

The iPhone will not be available in the rest of Europe or Asia until next year.

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