T-Mobile, still lone ticket to iPhone in Germany
While more countries are purportedly going to get the iPhone than ever before, and slowly the exclusivity deals are coming to an end, here we have word from T-Mobile Germany which tells us the only one selling the iPhone to Germans will be them. And it will remain to be them, even after the much-awaited launch of the 3G iPhone.
The comment came from T-Mobile Chief Executive Hamid Akhavan, who on Tuesday spoke about T-Mobile’s relationship with Apple and a bit about what lies ahead for both companies as far as the world’s most loved smartphone is concerned.
Akhavan spoke to Reuters Technology at Media and Telecoms Summit in Paris, and said this:
“We have a very good relationship with Apple…at least in Germany it is exclusive, and we expect it to remain as such.”
He further comments that, “If and when there is a 3G iPhone we expect to have it exclusively in Germany as well.” Certainly goes to show how much they value and want to protect the exclusive hold they have on such a best-selling handset. But then again, their move is understandable, given all the profit they will be able to make out of this, since June 9 is getting very very near.
In any case, this means bad news for any and all other carriers who were hoping to get in on some iPhone lovin’. Perhaps, T-Mobile may still change its mind. You never know.