Both Peter Erskine of O2, and Deutsche Telekom’s Hamid Akhavan have supposedly tried to speak to Apple CEO Steve Jobs personally to negotiate the contracts.
Apple has had the upper hand in negotiations, as networks want to benefit from an image boost from the deals, as well as encouraging high-spending customers. Apple has demanded that the iPhone not be subsidised, ensuring the iPhone is low-risk for the networks.
None of the networks are commenting on the news, and it seems that everyone is keeping schtum until Apple announce the deal officially at the IFA international consumer electronics exhibition in Berlin next week.
There’s no news as to whether the Euro-iPhone will have 3G, which would be a bit of a problem for O2 if it didn’t as they paid £4.03bn for their license and are yet to see any real rewards.
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