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India, Czech, Estonia, Poland also set for Aug 22 iPhone launch


Wireless carriers in India, the Czech Republic, Estonia, and Poland have joined those in Romania, the Philippines, and Hungary by announcing local availability of Apple's iPhone starting on August 22nd.


In India, both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone said customers can begin pre-registering for their respective iPhone 3G launches on August 22nd, but neither has provided any pricing details.

Bharti Airtel has about 69 million subscribers, while Vodafone Essar has about 49 million.

Czech Republic

Over in the Czech Republic, O2 said it has gained exclusive rights to market iPhone given that it's the only regional 3G network operator.

For individual customers, iPhone 3Gs will be available at all O2 brand stores from August 22. O2 business customers will be offered iPhone service via O2's business partners, the carrier said.

Customers who are interested in the iPhone 3G can register their interest and will receive pricing and other details at a later date.


Meanwhile, TeliaSonera and EMT also announced plans to bring iPhone 3G to Estonia on August 22.

"The launch of iPhone 3G represents another strategic step for us in the development of the mobile broadband market and strengthens our position in the Nordic and Baltic region," said Kenneth Karlberg, president, Business Area Mobility Service, TeliaSonera.


Finally, both Orange and Era said they too will begin offering their subscribers the iPhone 3G on Aug 22nd.

India, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Romania, the Philippines, and Hungary are the first seven of twenty international stops announced as part of Apple's second phase iPhone 3G rollout.