Telcos can’t get a bite of Apple

CONSUMERS who want to get their hands on Apple’s iPhone (pic), hailed as Time Magazine’s gadget of the year for 2007, will have to wait.  

The reason: None of the three mobile phone operators here has been able to lock down a deal with the California-based tech giant.  

In all the markets that Apple has launched the iPhone in, the device has been sold through a single operator, with whom Apple shares revenue.  

Market observers say that local operators may be baulking at Apple’s reported insistence on such a tie-up, and the company is unlikely to make an exemption to its money-spinning model for such a small market.  

Officially, the three operators would only say that discussions are ongoing.  

Over four million iPhones have been sold worldwide since it was launched last June.  

Many hankering to get their hands on it have bought it while overseas. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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