Apple iPhone 3G announced, to be available in 70 countries

Apple iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G has been finally announced. Putting a full stop to all the rumors and speculations, Steve Jobs unveiled the next generation iPhone at the keynote presentation at WWDC. What is more interesting is this time the iPhone will not only hit the US market but will also be available in 70 other countries including India.

The incorporated 3G connectivity promises twice as fast networking as the first generation iPhone. Besides, it comes with built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services, iPhone 2.0 software supporting for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs hundreds of third party applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK.

Further, iPhone 3G features faster access to the Internet and email over cellular network with quad-band GSM and tri-band HSDPA for voice and data connectivity around the world. Moreover it supports Wi-Fi, 3G and EDGE networks and automatically switches between them ensuring fastest possible speed.

The next generation iPhone will make multi-tasking easier than before. Apple claims that with iPhone 3G, users can simultaneously browse the web, get map directions, or check the email while the user is on a call.

Another salient feature of the iPhone 3G includes iPhone 2.0 software boasting support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to provide over-the-air push email, contact and calendar syncing as well as remote wipe and Cisco IPsec VPN for encrypted access to corporate networks.

Apple iPhone 3G will be available in the US on July 11. The 8 GB model will carry the price tag of $199 while the 16 GB is priced at $299. Apart from the US, iPhone 3G will also be available in 21 other countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and UK on July 11, while it would hit the rest of the countries across the globe later this year.