iPhone Officially Announced in the U.K.

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As expected, Apple has announced that O2 will be the exclusive U.K. carrier for the iPhone, which will go on sale in November.

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This will be essentially the same device as is currently available in the United States; despite much hope and speculation, it will not include 3G cellular-wireless networking.

However, the U.K. version of the iPhone will include support for Apple’s Wi-Fi Music Store, which the U.S. version currently does not.

Pricing and Availability

The iPhone will sell for 270 when it hits the market on November 9.

O2 is offering three different service plans, with prices ranging from 35 to 55 a month. What varies among the three is the amount of talk time and SMS messages that can be exchanged; all of them include unlimited wireless data access.

Other Telcoms

According to unconfirmed reports, the iPhone will soon be released in two other European countries, but not by O2. Orange will supposedly handle France, and this smartphone will be available in Germany only through T-Mobile.

All three carriers are expected to have this device on sale by the end of November.

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