iPhone to be Exclusively Distributed by O2 in the UK

Apple iPhone and UK flag

O2, a part of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, has been named as the exclusive UK carrier for the Apple iPhone. Slated for a November 9 release in the UK, the iPhone made a pathbreaking record of selling one million iPhones in only 74 days post its launch.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with O2 to offer our revolutionary iPhone to UK customers,” maintained Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “US iPhone customer satisfaction is off the charts, and we can’t wait to let UK customers get their hands on it and learn what they think of it.”

“Our strategy at O2 is to bring our customers the best products and experiences,” noted Matthew Key, CEO, O2 UK. “The iPhone is a breakthrough that is changing the way people use their mobiles forever, and we’re thrilled to have it exclusively for O2 customers in the UK.”

Apart from the amazing features that are packed in the US version of the iPhone, in the UK the multimedia device’s users will be able to access Apple’s latest music offerings on iPhone such as the newly introduced iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store.

In the UK, the Apple iPhone will hit stores on November 9 and will be sold exclusively through Apple’s retail and online stores, O2 and The Carphone Warehouse’s retail and online stores. Priced at 269 pounds sterling (inlc. VAT), the iPhone is compatible with the PC as well as Mac. Further on, three new great value iPhone tariffs will be available from O2 starting at 35 pounds, which all include unlimited anytime, anywhere mobile data usage and, in a market first, free unlimited use of the UK’s largest single public Wi-Fi network, covering over 7,500 cafes, restaurants, airport lounges, pubs and other locations across the UK.

iPhone requires a new 18-month contract with O2. Users who are already O2 customers will have the choice of keeping their existing phone number and upgrading their account to work with iPhone while new customers can also simply and easily transfer their current mobile number to O2.