Orange and O2 are denying claims that both operators will offer the iPhone in the UK from the end of the year, disappointing many who believed reports last week claiming Apple to be moving to liberalise its distribution arrangements in the UK.
As previously reported, Apple intended allowing Orange to distribute the iPhone in the UK from later in the year, when its exclusive deal with O2 was reportedly due to expire.
Orange and O2 have now dismissed these rumours.
O2 repeated its assertion that it holds a multi-year exclusive arrangement to offer iPhone in the UK – and that the original model was launched under a year ago, which implies the deal is nowhere near its end as yet.
Orange also denied these claims