Europeans have been waiting in constant anticipation since June 29th to hear when and in what form their version of the iPhone will take. The rumors pretty much revolve around which carriers in which regions will get the phone, with a hint of speculation about a 3G update in HSDPA and UMTS rife Europe.[…] Thanks to lisapham for providing this nice story on Digg.
What other users say about this:
britoca: buried for “FUCK YOU JOBS!” Stupid non-environmental trend setting motherfucker! Why don’t u design shit that doesn’t brake or is upgradable instead of stuff that trequires a new purchase each time? FUCK APPLE
alperea: I already know what they’re gonna do. The same thing as always. Just rename something that always exists, give it a shiny gradient, and call it a revolutioin.
FlohEinstein: Dugg down since it’s over – and we got no 3G. You can keep that version of the phone, Mr. Jobs, I’ll be waiting for v2.
freaktheclown: Some highlights:
Q: Is unlocking a concern?
Steve: “It’s a constant cat and mouse game — we have the same thing with the iPod with music.” Steve looks at Matthew, “Are we the cat or mouse?” ‘We have to stay one step ahead of them.”
Q: Were you aware that the iPod touch was coming out when you were negotiating the iPhone deal?
Steve: “Well, one’s a phone, and one’s not. The iPod touch is training wheels for the iPhone.” Ha! Oh boy, that’s rich.
Q: Why not 3G networks?
Steve: “The 3G chipsets are real power hogs. Handset battery life cuts power to 2-3 hours.” Yeah yeah, we’ve heard it before. “Our phone has a talk time of 8 hours and that’s really important when you want to use your phone for internet and music. 3G needs to get back up to 5+ hours, something we think well see later next year. … WiFi is way faster than any 3G network. Energy efficient EDGE with better, faster WiFi. That’s why we chose it.”
Q: What are your plans for iPhone launch in Europe, and your reaction to upsetting other carriers who feel played-off in terms of not getting this deal?
Steve: “We said we’d be in a few countries in Europe and we still plan to do that. As to the carriers, we took the approach to see who would be the best fit — it’s like going out on a few dates before getting married. So yeah, we have a few upset girlfriends out there.”
sonycam: I wonder how Apple will take the European iPhone launch. In the UK at least, we have a completely different mobile (cell) phone market. Most new phones which cost $800 without a contract are completely free if used on contract (substadised by the network carriers). So if iPhone is seriously looking to compete, they won’t be able to charge the same amount as the US release because people can get too much more for their money. I expect it to be locked to O2, but I don’t mind that, there isn’t really a ‘hated’ network carrier here like AT&T is, I would be using O2 anyway.
domyates: yes we’ve been waiting with constipation
sundby: “Europeans have been waiting in constant anticipation”
We have? Really…?
batmant: “Over the last two weeks the new iPods have done remarkably well. Look at these numbers. Wonderful. Today…we’re replacing every one of them. Boom.”
erikhensarling: Wake me if they say anything about Leopard. Yawn.
toetagger: Their going to announce a fix for the iPod Touch! Alert the press!
podgey22: > Europeans have been waiting in constant anticipation since June 29th
Have we? I don’t give a toss if they release the iPhone here.. Why? Because Nokia don’t bend me over and do be from behind when I modify my n95… And the n95 was free on a 18 month contract =)
Ellipsys: Something to keep in mind: To the best of my knowledge, Europe and Asian band 3G operates at 2100mhz. We run ours on 1900. This is why many imported phones that are supposed to be HDSPA, are little more than edge here. If apple is serious about an iPhone for Europe/Asia, then they will put the 3G capability on this band – thus making it useless for us to import. So feel angry we won’t get better phones, or feel relieved that the ones bought all ready aren’t totally obsolete.
totorototoro: Only wake me up if the after hours stock price drops below 130 because of the announcement, whatever it is 😛
mobilehavoc: Lets hope they don’t wait until the end of the day to release the next iPhone update
bingo000: How about giving the iPod touch an upgrade and lets call it an iPhone with 3G?