iPhone May Be Heading to Vodafone

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Apple may have granted Cingular exclusive rights to distribute the iPhone in the United States, but that leaves the rest of the world wide open.

The most likely wireless carrier to offer the iPod/phone combo in Europe is Vodafone, according to a report in the Guardian.

The two companies are supposedly in talks to make Vodafone the sole European distrubitor of the iPhone, in the same way Cingular is the sole distrubutor of it in the U.S.

Apple reportedly hopes to launch this smartphone in Europe by the end of this year.

An Overview of the Apple iPhone

The iPhone is Apple’s upcoming combination smartphone and iPod.

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This device will support the iTunes music service, and it will sport either 4 GB or 8 GB of built-in storage. It will support both music and video, which will be playable on its 3.5-inch, 320-by-480-pixel, 160 ppi display.

In addition, this will be a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone. It will include EDGE, but not UMTS/HSDPA. It will, however, have Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.

The iPhone will run what Apple says is a version of OS X, the same operating system this company’s desktop and laptop computers run. It will be able to run some — but not all — specially selected OS X applications, including the Safari web browser.

It will have a touchscreen, but not include a stylus. Instead, users will be expected to control it with their fingertips.

This smartphone is expected to debut in June from Cingular for $500 (4 GB) or $600 (8 GB).

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