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In an effort to help our readers get official, localized information on Apple’s next-generation iPhones, which will soon be rolled out across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, we have created a page called The Complete Guide to iPhone Service Providers. For now, our goal is to provide links to local telecom providers, learn whether or not high-speed 3G networking services are available, and also determine whether Apple offers online sales of hardware or iTunes Store content for each country on the list. We will update this list as new carriers are announced.

             
Country + Region Carriers 3G Option iTunes Store Apple.com Store
North America
Canada Rogers Wireless Yes Yes Yes
Mexico Telcel/America Movil* Yes Yes* Yes
United States AT&T (3G Coverage Maps) Yes Yes Yes
South America/Caribbean
Argentina Claro/America Movil*, Movistar/Telefonica Yes Yes* No
Brazil Claro/America Movil*, Vivo/Telefonica, TIM Yes Yes* No
Chile Claro/America Movil*, Telefonica Yes Yes* No
Colombia Comcel/America Movil*, Telefonica Yes Yes* No
Dominican Republic Orange, Claro/America Movil* Yes No No
Ecuador Porta/America Movil*, Movistar/Telefonica Yes No No
El Salvador Claro/America Movil*, Telefonica Yes Yes* No
French West Indies Orange Yes No No
Guatemala Claro/America Movil*, Telefonica Yes Yes* No
Honduras Claro/America Movil* Yes No No
Jamaica MiPhone No No No
Nicaragua Claro/America Movil*, Movistar/Telefonica Yes No No
Panama Movistar/Telefonica No Yes* No
Paraguay Claro/America Movil* No No No
Peru Claro/America Movil*, Peru No Yes* No
Uruguay Claro/America Movil*, Movistar/Telefonica Yes No No
Venezuela Movistar/Telefonica No Yes* No
Africa/Middle East
Botswana Orange No No No
Cameroon Orange No No No
Central African Republic Orange No No No
Egypt Orange, Vodafone Yes No No
Equatorial Guinea Orange No No No
Guinea Orange No No No
Guinea-Bissau Orange No No No
Ivory Coast Orange No No No
Jordan Orange No No No
Kenya Orange No No No
Madagascar Orange No No No
Mali Orange No No No
Mauritius Orange No No No
Niger Orange No No No
Qatar Vodafone No Yes* No
Senegal Orange No No No
South Africa Vodacom/Vodafone Yes Yes* No
Europe
Austria One/Orange, T-Mobile Yes Yes Yes
Belgium Mobistar/Orange Yes Yes Yes
Croatia T-Mobile Yes Yes* No
Czech Republic O2/Telefonica, T-Mobile, Vodafone Yes Yes* No
Denmark TeliaSonera Yes Yes Yes
Estonia TeliaSonera Yes No No
Finland TeliaSonera Yes Yes Yes
France Orange Yes Yes Yes
Germany T-Mobile Yes Yes Yes
Greece Vodafone Yes Yes No
Hungary T-Mobile Yes Yes* No
Ireland O2 Yes Yes Yes
Italy Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), Vodafone Yes Yes Yes
Latvia LMT/TeliaSonera Yes No No
Liechtenstein Orange, Swisscom Yes No No
Lithuania TeliaSonera Yes No No
Luxembourg VOXmobile, LUXGSM Yes Yes Yes
Malta Vodafone No No No
Moldova Orange Yes No No
Norway TeliaSonera Yes Yes Yes
Poland ERA/PTC/T-Mobile, Orange Yes Yes* No
Portugal Optimus/Orange, Vodafone Yes Yes Yes
Réunion Island Orange Yes No No
Romania Orange Yes Yes* No
Russia MTS, MegaFon, Vimpelcom Yes Yes* No
Slovakia Orange, T-Mobile Yes Yes* No
Spain Movistar/Telefonica Yes Yes Yes
Sweden TeliaSonera Yes Yes Yes
Switzerland Orange, Swisscom Yes Yes Yes
The Netherlands T-Mobile Yes Yes Yes
Turkey Turkcell, Vodafone No Yes* No
United Kingdom O2 Yes Yes Yes
Asia/Pacific
Australia Optus, Telstra, Vodafone Yes Yes Yes
Hong Kong 3/Hutchison Telecom Yes Yes* Yes
India Bharti Airtel, Vodafone No Yes* No
Japan SoftBank Mobile Yes Yes Yes
Macau 3 Macau/Hutchison Telecom Yes No No
New Zealand Vodafone Yes Yes Yes
Philippines Globe Telecom Yes Yes* No
Singapore SingTel Yes Yes* Yes
Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom Yes Yes* Yes

* Denotes App Store-only country.

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Comments

1

For God’s sakes put Romania (Orange) on that list! Why always everybody forgets this damn country??

Posted by Gigi on June 7, 2008 at 2:19 PM (CDT)

2

South Africa currently does not have vodafone as a operator. Vodafone has a 50% share in our Vodacom network - they use vodacom to distribute their services. Please update the South African URL to http://www.vodacom.co.za

Posted by Jaap on June 7, 2008 at 2:23 PM (CDT)

3

Hey guys!

From what I know (and have verified) Austria is exclusively T-moblie territory for the moment.

Cheers.
Alicia

Posted by Alicia on June 7, 2008 at 8:00 PM (CDT)

4

Orange has claimed Austria is amongst its territories; it appears that a number of companies are either planning expansion or hardware sales in new markets.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 7, 2008 at 9:25 PM (CDT)

5

Thanks for clarifying. I read that they have claimed so, but no sign as yet. We’ll see what the near future brings, eh?
Greets,
Alicia

Posted by Alicia on June 8, 2008 at 3:31 AM (CDT)

6

WHY???? ahhh
Why does Half of my state not have AT&T???

that makes me so mad. I will just buy the phone then, who needs service? =P

Wrong place. wrong time…that’s usually me

Posted by Tom on June 10, 2008 at 6:19 PM (CDT)

7

What about Puerto Rico?
I cannot believe how a country like Dominican Republic can get the iPhone and Puerto Rico (being part of the United States!) does not! How? Why? WHY!? *cries*

Posted by Andres on June 11, 2008 at 2:43 PM (CDT)

8

It’s wrong about Spain. The spanish provider is Movistar/Telefónica, not Orange.

iphone.movistar.es

Posted by nickfury on June 12, 2008 at 4:58 PM (CDT)

9

Why is the Netherlands missing?
11th of juli on t-mobile network.
Check t-moblie website if you don’t believe me>

http://www.t-mobile.nl/iphone/intro.html

Posted by frank roosen on June 12, 2008 at 5:10 PM (CDT)

10

The list is constantly being updated. Thanks for your continued comments.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 12, 2008 at 5:38 PM (CDT)

11

BTW, Claro in Peru offers 3G at least in Lima (finally!). Not sure about Telefónica, though.

Posted by Heinrich on June 12, 2008 at 8:21 PM (CDT)

12

Please put Pakistan in the list, we’v got one of the fastest frowing mobile sectors in the world with over 20 milion customers. I’m sure with 6 large operators apple can tap on to something and the market is potentially great!

:(

Posted by Haris Javed on June 13, 2008 at 1:28 AM (CDT)

13

Qatar is listed at Apple page but not listed here. It is the 3rd country in the Mideast to have the iphone.
Any info when Saudi Arabia will have the iphone. The waiting game sucks period.

Posted by Gabba on June 13, 2008 at 2:41 AM (CDT)

14

What about Lebanon ?? We need the iPhone in Lebanon we were waiting from the 1st generation to have an iPhone without a crack !!

So please when it will be in Lebanon??

Posted by Nadim on June 13, 2008 at 2:50 AM (CDT)

15

This is the wrong way to launch the iPhone 3G in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong people has long done away with carrier locked mobile phones.

Not sure if the current announced models of iPhone 3G will be attractive enough to cause people to switch to “3” or to commit to a carrier contract.

The trend in Hong Kong is for carrier to no have any contractual commitments.

Posted by Vinko on June 13, 2008 at 10:53 PM (CDT)

16

Update for Austria. Orange’s partner “One” will be carrying the iPhone 3G from 11 July, priced at €149 and €229

http://www.one.at/

greets!

Posted by Alicia on June 15, 2008 at 5:11 AM (CDT)

17

I don’t think Apple will enter the market in Lebanon. Unless I missed any other country, the biggest surprise is the exclusion of Israel, where there’s a HUGE market for iPhones.

Posted by Guy on June 15, 2008 at 7:53 AM (CDT)

18

For Chile
Claro/America Movil and Telefonica both do have 3G networks.

Posted by felipe on June 15, 2008 at 10:06 PM (CDT)

19

Movistar/Telefonica is also delivering iPhone on argentina. That carrier and Claro/America Mobile, both have 3G networks.

Posted by German on June 16, 2008 at 3:58 PM (CDT)

20

One of the companies that is providing the iPhone 3G to Portugal is Orange, but it was renamed Optimus in our country (don’t know why). Maybe that’s why you didn’t found the correct link to Orange portuguese store, that is: http://www.optimus.pt. You can see a section on the first page related to the iPhone pre-registration. You can also see that the portuguese Apple store allready corrected the inicial error of Orange and is now redirecting to the Optimus website: http://www.apple.com/pt/iphone/buy/

Posted by Coelho on June 24, 2008 at 2:54 PM (CDT)

21

Claro and Telefónica have 3G in Argentina…

Posted by Gabriel on June 24, 2008 at 9:26 PM (CDT)

22

you should add to your list, where the iphone is sold as a prepaid device. i really hope, that many many people will either boycott the iPhone or at least buy the prepaid version on order to use it in the network THEY deserve. customers really have to take their RIGHTS serious and add pressure on apple. exclusive carriers just plain suck - and (as much as i love apple products) companys locking in their customers and not allowing them to choice as well!

Posted by dave on June 25, 2008 at 11:38 AM (CDT)

23

i want to buy an iphone 3g and import it to india.. at wht price will get d same and wht about d 2yrs contract of at&t network…. will i have to pay extra for tht cos i will have to unlock it to another network be using it…. plz reply fast…

Posted by niket on June 27, 2008 at 11:41 PM (CDT)

24

Hey guys? I noticed that you are not informed about the countries that will provide 3G . I live in Uruguay and America Mobile has most of the country with 3G coverage. And also The Iphone 3G will be sold by mid July with a 3G plan all together. So please get more info a bout uruguay and correct your table that Uruguay does not have 3G coverage. Thank you.
Daniel

Posted by Daniel on June 30, 2008 at 7:36 PM (CDT)

25

What about Morocco?? do you have any idea??

Posted by ma3loks on July 15, 2008 at 5:20 AM (CDT)

26

Also in Paraguay Claro offers 3G coverage, this list is wrong, as Daniel said, most of the southamerican countries where Claro operates have 3G coverage.

Posted by OsvaL on July 18, 2008 at 3:35 PM (CDT)

27

how i will purchse i-phone in india.
and from where in india

Posted by krishan rawat on July 28, 2008 at 4:06 AM (CDT)

28

In Australia, Virgin Mobile has started to sell the iPhone. They’re a wholly-owned subsidiary of Optus (which is in turn owned by Singtel), but they’re a totally separate brand, so I think they warrant a mention here.

Posted by Jurgen Schaub on August 2, 2008 at 8:25 PM (CDT)

29

Since the news of iPhone 3G launch, there was speculation that there will be a second carrier in HK selling them. Any further news on it?

Posted by Pratheek on August 26, 2008 at 2:13 AM (CDT)

30

what about lebanon it’s a must have here so the iphone 3g should come to lebanon because i’m trying to get here and i can’t so plz it’s all over the world and not here?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Posted by karen on September 3, 2008 at 8:18 AM (CDT)

31

SAUDI ARABIA PLEASE…

we’ve got 3 networks… ALL SUPPORT 3G 100%, covers the whole damn country….
1- STC
2-MOBILY
3-ZAIN

and we’ve got an app store ready, so WHY APPLE? WHY?

Posted by fahad on September 25, 2008 at 11:46 PM (CDT)

32

For God’s sakes put Macedonia on the list.The Carier is T-Mobile MK.App store is available and 3G is comming soon

Posted by T-Mobile MK on May 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

33

I love my ipod touch and I want to use I Tunes but I can not. Why is my country does not support this tool. Apple might earn a lot of money from me by letting me downloading music from Itunes if It worked here…

Posted by Mohac Ozbayri on June 29, 2009 at 8:43 AM (CDT)

34

Please add Israel to the list.
Orange and Pelephone are the mobile companies that sell the iPhone 3GS here in Israel.

Posted by Yakir on July 4, 2009 at 1:54 PM (CDT)

35

will the iphone work with my boost mobile SIM card????what prividers will work can i please get a list???

Posted by Abel on September 16, 2009 at 2:29 PM (CDT)

36

Colombia does have access to the app store. We just can’t buy music on Itunes.

Posted by Gus on October 5, 2009 at 6:22 AM (CDT)

37

Jeremy, Claro/America Movil in Paraguay do have 3G service for iphone, they sell 3GS too.

regards!

Posted by jota on October 23, 2009 at 1:09 PM (CDT)

38

para mi amigo de puerto rico, no es asunto de pertenecer a E.U.A. para ser seleccionado por apple.con respeto al iphone . sucede que republica dominicana esta el la posicion numero 4 en cuanto a comunicacion se refiere, en america y 16 en el mundo. evaluado por aparatos moviles por habitantes.
la capital dominicana en su gran parte es completamente wi-fi. asi es que no se porque su sorpresa.

Posted by juan pimentel on November 29, 2009 at 1:38 PM (CST)

39

Love the Iphone but AT&T is ripping us off. Please allow other company’s to service the IPhone. AT&T needs the competition!! At&T is getting greedy.

Posted by debbie on April 8, 2010 at 11:02 AM (CDT)

40

Love the Iphone but AT&T is ripping us off…..If I live in the US can I use Rogers in Canada as my cell provider?  I don’t care if There are roaming charges, ATT will get no more of my money.

Posted by Jeff on May 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

41

Great list! I bought my iPhone trought Teliasonera in Denmark.

I can recommend Iphone for everyhone. Although i still have a problem with some website on iphone, for example <a >solcreme</a> has lack of iphone optimization.. But As long as Amazon.com has a great iphone vision, im all good :)

Posted by Frederik on June 3, 2010 at 7:56 AM (CDT)

42

Please add Trinidad & Tobago to the list

Posted by Vedash on June 8, 2010 at 1:02 PM (CDT)

43

@Andrés
Why do you say that? Dominican Republic mobile network is one of the best networks in Latin America

Posted by Radhames A. Gomez on September 14, 2010 at 7:22 PM (CDT)

44

Romania has also : COSMOTE and VODAFONE (bouth have iphone )

Posted by Alex on January 20, 2011 at 2:12 PM (CST)

45

Add “Sunrise” to the list for Switzerland (since iPhone 4 release).

Posted by Parabel on January 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM (CST)

46

In Latvie there are Bite (vodafone)

Posted by Espumisan on January 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM (CST)

47

Please correct sIngapore to singtel, starhub and m1.

Posted by Manak on January 20, 2011 at 6:12 PM (CST)

48

Puerto Rico in the caribbean -___- AT&T

Posted by lolol on January 20, 2011 at 7:59 PM (CST)

49

TELUS Mobility is an iPhone provider in Canada, as well.

Posted by Kay on April 1, 2012 at 8:14 PM (CDT)

50

Sweet chart and thanks for taking time to collect all the data together!

Big ups!

Posted by Frederik Trovatten on July 24, 2012 at 6:44 AM (CDT)

51

Porta/america movil is now Claro/America movil in Ecuador.  Please update the link.

Posted by Guido on December 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM (CST)

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