Orange Vodafone get iPhone O2 gets Palm Pre
Updated - Orange, Vodafone break O2's UK exclusivity on the iPhone
The move will break O2's UK's exclusivity on the iPhone, which has seen the company charge premium prices for both the handset and services delivered through it.
Orange, which claims its 3G network reaches the most people in the UK, will sell the iPhone through all its direct channels including Orange shops, the web and telesales, as well as some retail partners.
The company is yet to announce pricing, tariffs and availability, although a pre-registration site is available.
Vodafone has also done a deal to bring iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS to the UK and Ireland beginning in early 2010, which will give Orange some time to establish itself as an alternate iPhone provider .
Priciing, tariffs and availability have yet to be announced, although pre-registration sites are available.
Last week O2 announced that it would have exclusive rights to sell the Palm Pre, another hotly anticipated smartphone, in the UK, and would launch it on 16 October. The Palm Pre runs Palm webOS and offers multitasking, a full sliding keyboard, touch screen, messaging, GPS, and compatibility with 3G and secure WiFi networks. It also connects to Microsoft Exchange mail servers.
As with O2's iPhone offering, Palm Pre users will receive unlimited UK data browsing over O2’s HSDPA network and unlimited access to 7,500 Wi-Fi hotspots through both The Cloud and BT Openzone.
Separately, China Unicom, the country's second largest mobile carrier, announced that it would start selling Apple's iPhone from October at a retail price of 5,000 yuan (GBP462.50). Eight contracts will be available, at prices from 126 yuan (GBP11.65) to 886 yuan (GBP82) per month.
* Apple said on Monday that customers have now downloaded more that two billion apps from its iTunes applications store. There are now more than 85,000 apps from which to choose. The company said it has sold more than 50 million iPhones and iPod Touch devices in 77 countries.
Orange's iPhone pre-registration site - www.Orange.co.uk/iPhone
Vodafone's iPhone pre-registration site - www.vodafone.co.uk/iphone