Telstra to sell the iPhone in Australia

Getting the iPhone released in Australia has been a long time coming for companies – more so the consumer. Peoples have been, up to now, relying on buying them from Overseas via Ebay and getting them unlocked so they can use them here.

In the last few days, Vodafone has announced that it will sell them, as well as Optus being rumoured to do the same. There is no doubt the iPhone will be a hit in Australia.

Today, Cnet has reported that Telstra will also sell the iPhone. This is great news, as Telstra’s decision to offer the iPhone points to an imminent release of a highly-anticipated 3G model.

Telstra have not made an official announcement as yet.

Read CNET’s article here.

Update 19/6/08:

According to The Australian:

IN a case of better late than never, Telstra, the gorilla of the telco market, will come to Apple’s iPhone launch party but may lag its rivals by almost two weeks with the handset.
Telstra will join Optus and Vodafone in launching the new 3G version of Apple’s new iPhone in July and Telstra chief Sol Trujillo may make an announcement next week.

Vodafone and Optus will begin selling the iPhone on July 11 and the much hyped widget will likely drive plenty of feet through Apple’s new CBD Sydney retail store which dwarfs Telstra’s new concept store directly across the road. Apple’s shop opened this evening, with Apple tragics coming from as far afield as San Francisco to witness the event.

Telstra stayed quiet as its rivals wracked up marketing points by standing in the glow of the local iPhone launch, but will now go ahead and sell the device according to people close to the company. The telco is targeting a date of July 22, they said.

The full story can be read here.

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