The iPhone was launched in the US and Europe last year. In U.S, iPhone is exclusively being sold by AT&T and Orange got the right in France, T-Mobile in Germany and O2 in U.K.
It was the first time in Apple Inc. history when it signed ‘non-exclusive deals’ with ‘Vodafone’ and ‘Telecom Italia’ to sell iPhone in Italy. Now again Apple Inc. has signed non-exclusive deals with a couple of networks, in Asia-Pacific region, to sell its iPhone in their respective countries.
Under this deal, SingTel will sell iPhone in Singapore, Bharti Airtel in India, Globe Telecom and Optus in Philippines and Australia respectively. SingTel is a major investor in both Globe Telecom and Bharti Airtel while Optus is SingTel’s subsidiary.
The only statement given about the availability of iPhone in Asian countries is “later this year”. No comments were given about whether the device will be 3G-enabled or not. Firms did not disclose any sort of Financial terms of Agreements.
Earlier this Year, Apple failed to have arrangements with China Mobiles to sell Apple iPhone to Chinese consumers.