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Wednesday, August 06, 2008, 05:00 am PT (08:00 am ET)

Romania, Philippines, Hungary on tap for Aug 22 iPhone 3G launch

The iPhone will make its way to Romania, the Philippines, and Hungary during the second phase of Apple's international iPhone 3G rollout later this month, local carriers announced on Wednesday.

Romania

Orange said it will be the exclusive provider of the Apple handset in Romania beginning on August 22, and plans to offer customers the "full iPhone 3G experience."

Prospective buyers are welcome to attend the carrier's official launch party at midnight on August 22, when doors of six Orange shops across the country will open simultaneously.

Those stores include the Orange concept store in Bucharest and the Orange shops in Iasi (Anastasie Panu Blvd.), Cluj (21 Decembrie Blvd.), Brasov (Muresenilor St.), Timisoara (Republicii Blvd.) and Constanta (St. Stefan cel Mare).

Beginning Thursday, customers can also register their intent to order online at the Orange's website.

Philippines

Separately, Globe Telecom announced it will bring iPhone 3G to the Philippines on August 22 alongside special prepaid and post paid plans that will allow consumers "to experience the exciting features of iPhone 3G."

Those special plans will come with free local mobile internet hours and free Wi-Fi browsing hours (in areas covered by Globe Wireless Internet Zones), the carrier said.

Customers interested in purchasing iPhone 3G with Globe postpaid and prepaid offers are encouraged to start making their reservations beginning today over the web, or by calling Globe’s 24-Hour Call-in Service via landline (632)-730-1000.

Hungary

Over in Hungary, the nation's largest wireless carrier, T-Mobile, said Wednesday it has won out the exclusive rights to offer the iPhone 3G to regional mobile subscribers beginning August 22nd.

Romania and the Philippines are just two of 20 additional countries that will gain access to the iPhone when Apple kicks off the second phase of its international iPhone 3G rollout on August 22nd. Another 30 countries are expected to be added as part of a third phase that will take place before year's end.