Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 11:00 am PT (02:00 pm ET)
T-Mobile loses iPhone exclusivity in Germany at hands of O2 and VodafoneDeutsche Telekom's multi-year run as the exclusive provider of Apple's iPhone in Germany under its T-Mobile subsidiary will officially come to an end in the next few weeks, evidence suggests.
O2's German website now features an early registration page for customers seeking more information on the availability of the iPhone 4 from the carrier. "The latest news and everything to know about the iPhone 4 on O2 can be found exclusively on this page," the website says. " Simply sign up quickly and always be informed."
Meanwhile, the local website of Vodafone has similarly seen an "iPhone Pre-Registration" link appear in the upper, left-hand sidebar, taking shoppers to this page where they can sign up to hear more about the iPhone 4 pricing and availability information as soon as it becomes available.
According to at least one report, availability of the iPhone 4 on Vodafone's German network will start on Wednesday, October 27th, with prices for the handset coming in as low as 1 euro when purchased alongside a high-end service plan that fetches roughly 120 euros per month.
Vodafone's rumored pricing tier includes a 45 euro per-month option that would price the handset at roughly 160 euros, though its unclear if those prices are in reference to the 16 or 32GB model. A similar, yet unconfirmed, pricing spec sheet for O2's iPhone offerings can be seen here.
For T-Mobile, the announcements mark the end of a three-year exclusive in Germany, where the carrier has been Apple's lone authorized wireless provider since November of 2007. Since then, it's reported that the carrier has amassed sales of nearly 2 million units, though officials contend that they could have sold "tens of thousands" more had Apple not run into supply problems immediately following the launch of the iPhone 4 a few months ago.
Word of Apple's cooperation with new carriers in Germany comes as the iPhone maker is believed to be plotting a broader global expansion of the device's addressable market through the release of a model capable of running on CDMA networks early next year.
Thus far, the company is believed to be in talks with U.S.-based Verizon, China-based China Telecom, and India's Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices, over sales of the device, to name a few.
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