Apple CEO Steve Jobs told invited press in London on Tuesday that the iPhone will be available beginning November 9, 2007. Jobs also confirmed Apple’s mobile partner in the UK will be O2.
The iPhone will be sold through Carphone Warehouse and will cost £269 ($535) — customers will not be given any kind of a discount on the handset. This is the same type of deal the company signed with AT&T in the United States.
Monthly service plans on O2 will cost £35 ($69), £45 ($89) and £55 ($109) and include unlimited data. Unlike the plans in the U.S., customers in the UK will also have access to a network of 7,500 Wi-Fi hotspots when they sign up for one of the iPhone plans. Wi-Fi hotspots are operated by The Cloud.
Talking about the negotiations with mobile carriers, Jobs said, “it wasn’t an economic decision, but a cultural one.”
“We wanted to know a few partners and find the one most compatible with us, so we dated lots of other carriers, but decided to marry O2. There’s a few upset girlfriends out there,” said Jobs.
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