We have just a few days ahead until the iPhone is announced for its European release and rumors still pour on the operators who will carry Apple's phone on this market. The latest one states that the number of regions that will receive the handset on this continent is higher than previously thought, as T-Mobile will carry it not only in Germany, but in five different
Previous suppositions managed to restrict the number of possible operators to bring the iPhone in Europe down to three. T-Mobile
was supposed to bring it in Germany, Orange in France and O2
in the UK (although Vodafone was a possibility at a certain time). This limited the phone's release down to three possibilities, leaving all other European countries to wait for their own release at the same time with that in Asia, at the beginning of year 2008.
The rumor was started by Thomson Financial News, which relied on some unspecified sources when it said that T-Mobile will sell the iPhone in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary and Croatia too. The operator has denied this being true, but it's not like they have acknowledged anything until now on the possibility of them supporting the European launch of Apple's phone. In fact, none of the supposedly future iPhone carriers has confirmed the rumors going by on their negotiations with Apple.
The matter of uncertainty will soon be ended, as Apple will announce this week, during a ceremony in London, the service providers that will bring their phone and in which countries. If these recent rumors are correct, it would mean that the iPhone
will see a release not only in three European countries, but in seven of them, a huge jump for the device, which will also reflect in the future sales numbers.