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Vodafone ‘looks forward’ to 3G iPhone

Discussing the iPhone in a quarterly conference call, Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin said that the company was concerned with the current iPhone’s lack of 3G technology. “It’s clearly a good, software-driven device, but we’re concerned about wideband area coverage so that 3G (third-generation) or HSDPA (upgraded 3G) connectivity with the iPhone is something that we look forward to.” Recent rumors have speculated that the iPhone will be offered through competing carriers in Europe, including Telefonica’s O2 and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile, however, an image of the Vodafone logo has been found in the device’s file system. “Every product, every alternative, every choice here has a price and we just have to be conscious of what it is that we’re doing for our customers and our shareholders,” Sarin stated. He also claimed that virtually every cellular company was having conversations with Apple, but declined further comment.

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“...the company was concerned with the current iPhone’s lack of 3G technology.”

<cue Nelson’s “Ha-Ha” laugh>

The iPhone is too limited, lacks too many basics, to succeed outside of America’s immature market. End of story.

Posted by Doctor Mantis on July 19, 2007 at 9:53 AM (CDT)

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UK carriers have been desperate to get customers to use their 3G networks in order to recoup some of the silly money spent on the original licences.

In the UK at least, the iPhone’s lack of 3G capabilities and support for MMS messaging will be seen by many consumers as significant weaknesses. MMS in particular is almost ubiquitos over here these days, and an unfathomable omission from the iPhone.

Posted by yashin on July 19, 2007 at 10:06 AM (CDT)

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Hi, my name is Doctor Mantis. I am a comment troll. When the iPhone is discussed here on iLounge, I make it a point to say the same things over and over again about the device.

Your gimmick is tired, Doc. So sorry “America’s immature market” doesn’t meet your lofty, well-educated standards.

I’m happy as a lark with my iPhone. Everywhere I go, for the most part, allows me WiFi access that makes me utter a “Nelson ‘ha-ha’ laugh” when I think of all the people like you who carp about the lack of 3G.

You’re a buffoon if you think the iPhone is “too limited.”

Posted by Doctor Womantis on July 19, 2007 at 10:24 AM (CDT)

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”...the company was concerned with the current iPhone’s lack of 3G technology.”

Means basically:

“We are concerned user will connect using Wi-Fi for which we won’t see a penny. Using 3G at least we can still charge them obscene amount of money for the data plans.”

Posted by Alberto on July 19, 2007 at 10:54 AM (CDT)

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Alberto - nail, hammer, head.

It’s no coincidence that Vodafone’s latest advertising campaign has been declaring that ‘the internet is now mobile’. The internet has been ‘mobile’ for the best part of a decade now, but the iPhone obviously has them worried for their precious 3G licences.

Networks in the UK have been trying to milk users for 3G network use with the lure of awful, overpriced clips of Premiership goals coupled to ‘generous’ 10Mb ppm limits! Unfortunately for the networks, users have generally resisted, and the ‘mobile internet’ has been seen as a failure.

The UK doesn’t have any sort of consistent Wi-Fi coverage outside of the City, but with roaming Wi-Fi access being bundled into conventional broadband contracts from BT/Cloud etc, maybe 3G really is under threat.

Posted by yashin on July 19, 2007 at 11:15 AM (CDT)

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I am totally pro Apple and excited about Apple’s entry but let’s be honest.  This is a v1.0 product, their first phone.  There are simply some features that I would expect on the next iteration of the iPhone including support for true 3G, MMS, and iChat.  I would not buy one otherwise. Period.

Posted by Craig on July 19, 2007 at 11:34 AM (CDT)

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MMS is that expensive thing that nobody other than mobile spammers ever uses, right? Gee, I sure wish the iPhone to support _that_. The device has other problems than lack of 3G or the pricy option to send stuff via MMS instead of Email. Copy & paste for example, or the lackluster sync with iCal.

Otherwise, Alberto is spot-on. 3G was a very expensive endeavor and has very little use once a WLAN is present.

Posted by Bad Beaver on July 19, 2007 at 12:28 PM (CDT)

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the iphone’s edge is unbelievably fast. i had a cingular 8125 with edge and it would take around a minute and a half to load “myspace.com” and now on the iphone, it takes around 15 seconds.

Posted by Bryce on October 3, 2007 at 6:06 PM (CDT)

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malaysia,i bought a iphone two weeks ago,n i dun noe bout d warantty parts,,can anyone tell me?tq!

Posted by caron on October 4, 2007 at 12:41 PM (CDT)

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malaysia.caron here.inside the iphone case there’s no warranty card..is that mean i cannot make claim for my iphone.cause i drop it..tq!

Posted by caren on October 4, 2007 at 12:48 PM (CDT)

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