BBC reports that T-Mobile to open up iPhone sales.
T-Mobile is to start allowing German customers to buy Apple’s iPhone without a contract to its network, as it moves to comply with a court injunction.
However this is in Germany only and the iPhone will be twice as expensive as the contract version.
Legislation in the UK allows for locked phones, but you could import iPhones from Germany and then avoid the two year contract making it available for testing and usability.
Yesterday I mentioned that Apple were going to allow third party applications for the iPhone. What is nice is that they are also going to allow developers using their software developers kit (SDK) to create applications for the iPod touch as well.
Apple in their press release said:
P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.
Excellent, this means that developers will be able to create applications for the iPhone and the iPod touch.
Anyone who has been following the iPhone (despite it not been available in the UK until November 9th) will know that one of the complaints about the iPhone was the lack of third party applications.
Now some clever people managed to “hack” the iPhone to allow third party applications, this was recently broken by an update from Apple.
It is now been reported that Apple have announced that they will be allowing third party application development.
Apple boss Steve Jobs has said that outside developers will now be allowed to make add-on software for the iPhone.
“We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users,” said Mr Jobs.
This will be useful for those who are interested in using the iPhone for educational purposes as now educational or learning applications could be created.
I wonder also if such applications could work on the iPod touch, I am guessing no.
Apple have announced that they are launching the iPhone in the UK. It will go on sale on November 9th on the O2 network.
“We picked the best one, the most popular carrier, it’s O2. We’ve since lowered the price of the US phone of the 8GB phone, in the UK the price of the iPhone is £269 including VAT.”
That’s a lot of money for a phone, be interesting to see what the data costs will be?
As I write it’s about five minutes before the Apple event at the Apple Store in London gets underway.
Generally it is accepted that this will be the launch of the iPhone in Europe.
It will be interesting to see if it is a 3G version or whether the fact that O2 have been upgrading their network to EDGE will mean that the UK iPhone will still be EDGE only.
Not long to wait now…