Thursday, February 14, 2008

T-Mobile to be Apple iPhone launch partner

T-Mobile has confirmed that it will be Apple’s official iPhone launch partner in Austria.

Company CEO Hamid Akhavan confirmed those plans this morning, promising that the network would begin offering the device in Austria during the first half of this year.

T-Mobile is already Apple’s chosen network partner for Germany. The company also confirmed its intent to ship the first mobile-phone powered by Google’s Android platform in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The news emerges as speculation continues about deals to introduce the iPhone in Switzerland, Canada, Spain, Italy, Belgium, and Japan.

When announcing first-quarter earnings last month, Apple's chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer said that the company was planning to introduce the iPhone in a number of European and Asian countries in 2008.

The iPhone is currently on sale in the UK, Germany and France as well as in the United States.

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