The European iPhone Will/Won’t Have 3G

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Too many leaks have surfaced for there to be any real doubt that Apple intends to launch the iPhone in Europe later this year. But there is an area of major debate: whether this device will offer 3G cellular-wireless networking.

This is important to more than just Europeans, as many have been expecting the 3G model to quickly make the jump to the U.S. market.

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There’s little or no actual evidence saying that a 3G iPhone is coming to Europe in November, but there’s been huge amounts of speculation from both analysts and the general public. Basically, this boils down to people doubting that a high-end smartphone without 3G could be a success in Europe, so Apple will surely not release one.

In addition, there’s almost certainly pressure from the European wireless carriers who will be offering the iPhone, who would like to get users signed up for more expensive 3G service.

Over the weekend, the French web site MacBidouille published what will supposedly be an advertisment for a 3G version of the iPhone when it is offered by T-Mobile. However, some have labeled this a hoax.

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On the other side of the fence is a report from Geek.com indicating that the European version of the iPhone will not have 3G capabilities.

This cites a number of unnamed sources, and indicates that Apple won’t include high-speed cellular-wireless functionality because doing so would result in the iPhone having a poor battery life.

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