The new iPhone 4 from Apple is now official, with a release date set for June 24 in some countries, with further availability in more markets announced for July and the following months. A total number of 88 countries should receive the new iPhone model by September, Apple announced, though it did not provide specific details on pricing and carrier availability.
Even so, some operators around the world already unveiled plans to carry the device, though info on pricing still has to emerge. AT&T will offer the iPhone 4
in the United States market, and we already had a look at the prices and plans its users should be able to opt from. Whether other US carriers will also have the Apple device in their offering remains a mystery, even if rumors pointed towards Verizon and Sprint as possible targets.
Still in the North American continent, Canadian mobile phone users should soon have the iPhone 4
available on at least three of their national carriers, including Bell, Telus and Rogers. All three operators said they would launch the device “in the coming weeks,” mobilesyrup
notes, which means that users will probably have the chance to purchase it as soon as July.
When it comes to the UK, three carriers announced that their users would soon have the possibility to purchase the iPhone 4 from them. O2, which had the iPhone exclusively until last year, is one of them, followed by Orange and Vodafone. In order to lure as many users to its side, O2 even put special offers in place, stepping in AT&T's shoes
in a way, “To make it as easy as possible for O2 customers still in contract to get their hands on a new iPhone, O2 will offer a limited time special upgrade offer.”
T-Mobile is expected to bring the handset to two European countries, namely Germany and the Netherlands, while users in France should be able to purchase it from three carriers, including Orange, SFR, and Bouygues Telecom, though confirmation on the last two hasn't arrived yet. As for Japan, SoftBank is iPhone 4
's destination, come June 24. Unfortunately, the only price tags unveiled so far are those at AT&T.