Apple’s iPhone is becoming the dominant device in key territories of SouthEast Asia, while in the UK carrier O2 continue to aggressively defend its iPhone franchise as price war breaks out.
O2 is planning to launch a two-year Apple iPhone tariff for £25 per month. The tariff will include 100 minutes and unlimited texts. That follows announcement of a SIM-only deal last week.
O2 has much to fight for. It has sold over 2 million iPhones in the UK, but now faces stiff competition from other carriers who have broken its once exclusive hold on UK iPhone sales. Vodafone and Orange are both seizing share, with the former company confirming 100,000 new iPhone sign-ups in the first week the product went on sale.
Scottish chip developer Wolfson Microelectronics – a long-time Apple partner for iPod components – has been fined £140,000 for a delay in disclosing insider trading information.
“The FSA said there was a false market in Wolfson shares for 16 days after it failed to reveal the price sensitive information last March,” reports The Guardian.
The claims describe a situation in which the chip maker had been told by a major client (potentially Apple, but that’s speculation on our part) that its components wouldn’t be required in future products, slicing 8 per cent of the firm’s revenue forecasts.
Apple seems set to unleash its iPhone in Thailand and China, though the latter launch may be delayed until 2009 on the basis that the company recently reduced its manufacturing orders for the device.
True Move, Thailand’s third largest mobile operator, has announced a deal with Apple to distribute the iPhone 3G in the country, according to Reuters.
Rival carriers AIS and DTAC remain in talks with Apple, as the deal is non-exclusive, the report explains. There’s already an estimated 100,000 unlocked iPhones in use in Thailand, a second report claims.
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“While we believe Apple is working on a lower-end iPhone form factor, we do not think one will come until Spring 2009,” analyst Ben Reitzes said, responding to the original report in the Daily Mail.
The analyst went on to observe Apple still needs to get supply and demand for the current model sorted out, and observes the company’s intent to ship the iPhone 3G in 50 more countries before the end of the year. Introducing another model at this stage would add extra complexity to an already complex task, he warns. Continue reading →
Apple’s grip on the digital music player market remains strong, while its landgrab on the mobile device space through the iPhone remains a serious contender.
The company announced its quarterly results yesterday. While the accounting period didn’t include all the recent sales of the much-hyped iPhone 3G, Apple confirmed sales of 717,000 iPhones during the quarter.
Apple’s iPod throne remains solid, while growth rates have slowed, the company still sold 11,011,000 iPods for $1.678B in revenue. Continue reading →
Apple sold one million units of the iPhone 3G internationally in just three days, meanwhile, ten million applications have already been downloaded from the App Store, the company said today.
“iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world.”
More than 800 native applications are now available on the App Store, with more than 200 offered for free and more than 90 percent priced at less than $10. The store opened with 500 applications, so clearly new apps are being made available all the time.
“The App Store is a grand slam, with a staggering 10 million applications downloaded in just three days,” said Jobs. “Developers have created some extraordinary applications, and the App Store can wirelessly deliver them to every iPhone and iPod touch user instantly.”