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.
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