The new iPhone will soon crop up in many more international markets as well. Not only will Apple launch the device in five countries simultaneously this month, but it will also take the new iPhone to 18 more countries by end of July and a total of 88 countries by the end of September.
For Apple, the speed of the international launch is important because it indicates a marked improvement in Apple's distribution systems, according to one analyst.
"It's a reflection of [how] Apple's scale in terms of supply chain and distribution has come on leaps and bounds," says Ben Wood, analyst at CCS Insight .
Operators in the first five countries where the device will be sold have already voiced their support for the new iPhone, but they have not announced prices for the device or data tariff plans.
Here is where the iPhone 4 will turn up first:
- Germany: Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) retains its exclusive relationship with Apple and will be the only operator to support the new device in the country at the end of this month. (See Vodafone's iPhone Envy.)
- France, Bouygues Telecom , Orange France , and SFR will carry the iPhone 4.
- The UK: Telefónica UK Ltd. , Orange UK , and Vodafone UK will all carry the device and it will also be available for purchase from phone retailers Carphone Warehouse Group plc (London: CPW) and Phones 4U.
- Japan: SoftBank Corp. will offer the iPhone 4.
- The US: AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) remains the sole carrier for the iPhone.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile