Everyone should know by now that AT&T will be the exclusive carrier of Apple’s iPhone in the United States for many years, but no announcements have been made about availability in the rest of the world.
According to unconfirmed reports, Europeans may have to go to T-Mobile if they want this smartphone. This carrier is supposedly the current front-runner in the battle to offer the iPhone, which is expected to be very popular. Vodafone is reportedly in second place in this competition right now.
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AT&T has inked a five-year deal with Apple, but there has been no word how long a similar exclusivity agreement will last with the European carrier.
Apple reportedly hopes to launch its first smartphone in Europe by the end of this year.
An Overview of the Apple iPhone
The iPhone 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 a version of OS X, the same operating system this company’s desktop and laptop computers run. It will be able to run some 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 will sell for $500 (4 GB) or $600 (8 GB) in the U.S.