The U.K. mobile market may soon see some disruption, courtesy of Orange and T-Mobile, who are rumored to join forces and rebrand as Everything Everywhere in October, and an 4G LTE iPhone could be the club they use to beat back competitors.
Achtung! Germany was a part of one of the last remaining European markets with a single iPhone carrier, but not anymore! Deutsche Telekom (DT)-owned carrier T-Mobile's iPhone exclusivity deal with Apple is expiring very soon. And, to make matters better for those not interested in being under the shackles of one mobile carrier, there have been no talks about extending that deal either.
O2, one of the iPhone carriers in the United Kingdom, announced today that the iPhone 4 will be in limited supply perhaps until August. A note on its website confirms that only existing O2 customers will be able to receive the iPhone 4 at launch, and existing customers will have priority until the end of July.
After last month’s announcement that the largest retail store chain in the U.K. would start offering the iPhone, now comes word that Tesco is also slashing prices that would make even its U.S. cousin Wal-Mart jealous.
Because we all know how much you want to move to jolly ol' London, but can't bare to live with the fact that you will have to get an iPhone with O2. Turns out you might be able to pack your bags by October.