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T-Mobile to offer iPhone in Netherlands, wider Euro rollout ahead?

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, March 3, 2008
News Categories: iPhone

The iPhone may be headed to the Netherlands later this month on T-Mobile, according to a new report. Citing a source within the company, All About Phones (Translated Link) says that the iPhone will be hitting the Dutch market soon, possibly as early as late March, and will be offered by T-Mobile. This report follows recent developments that suggest Apple may be planning to roll out the iPhone in more European countries. Carrier-specific files found in the latest version of the iPhone’s software suggested that the device would soon be coming to T-Mobile in Austria, Telecom Italia Mobile in Italy, and O2 in Ireland. Previous reports have also suggested that Telefonica SA will offer the phone in Spain. T-Mobile Austria has confirmed that it begin selling the iPhone in the first half of 2008, while O2 Ireland last week announced that it will be launching the device on March 14. In addition, Morgan Stanley analyst Kathryn Huberty recently noted that Apple spent $550,000 on Steve Jobs’ airplane expenses in the fourth quarter, around three times the average over the prior six quarters. Huberty said that Jobs is “integral to negotiations with international carriers and supply chain partners,” meaning that much of his travel may have been to close deals with potential iPhone carriers.

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1

I live in The Netherlands and although I hope, just like any other reader of iLounge, that the iPhone will be on offer here by the end of the month, it’s more likely that we’re dealing with an early April fools day announcement than the truth.

The simple reason is that none of the Dutch carriers including T-Mobile offers an EDGE network in The Netherlands. So unless Steve unveils the long-awaited 3G iPhone on Thursday, chances are close to 0% that we’ll an iPhone here soon.

Posted by MW on March 3, 2008 at 2:35 PM (PDT)

2

You might be wrong about that. T-Mobile took over the E-Gsm network from Telfort and they were the only ones in the Netherlands offering EDGE. So the rumor might actually be true!

Posted by Pascal on March 3, 2008 at 5:04 PM (PDT)

3

Yes, well its great of course for these European countries, what’s the hold out for us Canadians? I believe no news is good news, but, at least give us some sort of projected timeline, a more specific reason of not having it here thus far. From what I gather its a legal issue with some other company, but where is this written in stone? Apple has not said the real reason, I think they should. It would make us feel better!

Posted by JS on March 3, 2008 at 5:12 PM (PDT)

4

@ Pascal: from what I know, T-Mobile only took over Telfort’s 900 MHz GSM license, not including the physical infrastructure. But again, I hope I’m wrong and that we’ll see an iPhone here by the end of the month.

Posted by MW on March 3, 2008 at 11:20 PM (PDT)

5

At least people with broken iPhones will have an option to get their phone fixed then wink I’m on my third iPhone right now!

1. Volume button latched
2. Some stupid girl dropped it when she wanted to take a picture and couldn’t find the ‘button’
3. Still working…knock wood!

Posted by Vank on March 4, 2008 at 1:53 AM (PDT)

6

Well it’s mid May here in NL and still no iPhone. It was just an april joke… obviously. All other countries in EU are getting the phone end of june and we in Holland are still awaiting for “miracle” to happen.
No good news so far.

Posted by TJ on May 17, 2008 at 3:53 AM (PDT)

7

If I visit Amsterdam in May will the iPhone I have work? I am in the US and I am with ATT of corse. Does somebody know???
Thanks

Posted by Bert on April 2, 2009 at 5:27 PM (PDT)

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