Vodafone gets exclusive on UMTS iPhone 3G next Spring. Maybe
Italian site Morse.it reports that Vodafone has signed an agreement with Apple for the exclusive distribution rights to 3G iPhone UMTS. The UMTS iPhone 3G will be launched next spring, simultaneously in all countries where Vodafone operates.
The new 3G UMTS iPhone should be announced after Christmas, or early next year (Macworld Expo?), so as not to negatively impact Christmas sales of the current generation iPhone.
Morse.it states in no uncertain terms that they have received the confirmation of these news from highly reliable sources.
But it is contradicted by the news about Vodafone Germany suing T-Mobile over exclusive iPhone distribution rights. On the other hand the suit might have been a negotiations ploy and the may be dropped now, if the exclusive agreement was indeed signed.
And wouldn’t this violate distribution agreements with current iPhone carriers? Apparently not. O2, T-Mobile and others should be checking their contracts pronto. According to Morse, they cover only iPhones with Edge/GPRS…
Well, just as with the European launch of the original iPhone, lot’s of contradicting info flying around. And this is only a start, you can expect much more of it in the coming months.