This story began as a post by decryption on MacTalk (forums.mactalk.com.au). He stands frimly behind this story … see post #180 (image below) Full post > HERE
forums.mactalk.com.au — Apple Australia have today announced internally the details of the Australian iPhone release. The phone will be released in the last week of June to coincide with the opening of the Sydney Apple Store. The phone will also be unlocked for use with more than 1 carrier, providing evidence it may be a 3G iPhone we first see here.
iPhonAsia Editorial Comment:
This post on MacTalk forums suggests that Apple has recently revealed to a number of Aussie resellers closely guarded “iPhone in Australia” distribution plans, including:
- Last week of June release
- More than 1 carrier
- No contract lock in
- Current resellers will be able to sell iPhones
Notwithstanding any NDA that resellers may have signed, this appears to more information than Apple would offer up to a group of Australian resellers some 10 weeks in advance of the suggested “last week in June” launch date in Australia. Makes for an interesting read, but I have doubts that Apple would spill the beans so early. Likely just guesswork by decryption or perhaps he was “put on” by a few reseller friends he may never talk to again? … That said … June timeframe is logical for 3G iPhone launch and an official unlocked iPhone in Australia may ultimately prove out to be correct. So it’s good guesswork by the poster (decryption), but doubtful that this info was originally sourced via Apple.
The editor of iPhone is Asia is predicting that forthcoming iPhone launches (in select nations), will follow a dual strategy – a locked-to-carrier and (a premium priced) unlocked iPhone distribution plan. See post > Apple is open to new business models