Orange Nets iPhone for UK

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UK cellular provider Orange has announced that it has secured the right to sell Apple’s iPhone in the UK, ending the exclusive deal between Apple and O2 for the device since its launch in the UK.

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Of course, there’s no word on just what will happen with O2’s iPhone exclusivity in Ireland, but with the original deal to sell the device exclusively set to expire in October we’re all very interested to see just what happens with the iPhone in Ireland. Of course, the move by Orange is a pretty positive sign that we’ll see similar uptake here, but for now details seem pretty scant on just what might happen to the iPhone in Ireland.

For the moment, people don’t really have too many options when it comes to the iPhone in Ireland. If you opt for O2’s billpay options then you’re stuck with a 1GB data cap per month, which is a little on the stingey side. The only other option, however, is to either import an unlocked device or to buy an iPhone from O2 and then jailbreak it yourself to unlock it and use it on your network of choice, and neither of those options are really ideal.

It’ll be interesting to see just what happens to the iPhone in a post-exclusivity world, whether the handset itself will become cheaper on certain networks or bill options get a little more generous in an attempt to lure customers to one network or another.

Still, as said above, there’s been no word on any other networks picking up Apple’s phone in Ireland, so for now it’s all a bit up in the air. However, considering the runaway success of the device it seems likely that we’ll see other providers picking it up.

If you’d like to read more about Orange’s agreement to sell the iPhone then you can check out the BBC’s article on the subject, which has a lot more detail on the figures O2 has seen from its iPhone exclusivity deal.

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