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  • Germany Loses iPhone Exclusivity



    Whenever there's a story to be told about the iPhone losing carrier exclusivity, it's a nice reminder that such scenarios are indeed possible. As reported today by the Wall Street Journal, iPhone exclusivity in Gemany is about to end. And O2 and Vodafone are poised and ready to swoop in and carry the iPhone just in time for the holiday shopping season to commence.

    Deutsche Telekom AG will lose exclusivity for Apple Inc.'s iPhone in Germany ahead of the holiday shopping season, bringing the number of providers that sell the device in the country to three, people familiar with the matter said.
    The Wall Street Journal noted that Deutsche Telekom had sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.9 million iPhones in Germany as of June 30. Until now, Germany was hailed as the last major European country to support iPhone carrier exclusivity. With carrier growth now coming to and end on the German homestead, it will be interesting to watch just how lucrative and beneficial this arrangement will prove for Apple and its customers.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Deutsche Telekom, at present, has 37 million mobile customers in Germany. Vodafone has 34.9 million mobile customers, while O2 has 16.3 million customers in Germany. The opportunity for growth in the German iPhone market is substantial.

    And while everyone will jump to conclusions about the inevitability of carrier expansion in the US, all that can be safely concluded for the time being is that the iPhone user base in Germany is about to get a whole lot bigger.

    Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Germany Loses iPhone Exclusivity started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      good for them
    1. sykeck's Avatar
      sykeck -
      good for us but i will stay with telekom
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      This is good since the European T-Mobile is excellent


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    1. homers1992's Avatar
      homers1992 -
      Oh that are really great News, so I'm ordering my next iPhone at Vodafone and not at the "big pink T" again
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Why did they loose it?
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      Same question here, why the loss.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Their initial contract with Apple ran out.


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    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Germany without iPhone?
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Time to hit eBay in Germany and sell iPhones.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      Germany without iPhone?
      Did you bother to read what was posted, or just start spewing stupidity on your own? The way it was posted is that Telekom looses the bragging rights to say we are "The only ones to sell the iPhone"
      As stated, Vodafone, (available in Germany) AND O2 (Also available in Germany) will ALSO be selling the iPhone.
      Nothing personal, but READ!
      Unklbyl
    1. shahab86's Avatar
      shahab86 -
      thats some really great news. the data plans on t-mobile r just insane. n o2 offers flat rates so waaaaaay better then ol grumpy pinky for sure
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      I am looking forward to a VODAFONE I4! that would be so nice. I may opt to take my Tkom number with me to vodafone! way better reception where i am, and cheaper data plan!
      I am (not so) patiently waiting!
      unklbyl