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Operators Support iPhone 4 Worldwide

Now that the official details about and photos of the iPhone 4 are out, operators around the world have announced support for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s latest smartphone, which will be available on June 24 in France, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US. (See Apple Unveils the iPhone 4 and Video Chat: Meet the New Data Hog.)

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:

"We'll see all the operators embracing iPhone 4," says Wood. "But they have to make sure they don't relinquish all control to Apple and have it take over their portfolios."

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:32:59 PM
re: Operators Support iPhone 4 Worldwide

Should we start a book on how much the international launches will be delayed after the US launch? Just sayin'...

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:32:56 PM
re: Operators Support iPhone 4 Worldwide

Given how things went with the iPad, maybe we should.... The international distribution for the iPhone 4 could be too ambitious. 

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