O2 will lose exclusive rights to sell Apple iPhones in a matter of months, it has been reported.
According to Mobile Entertainment, which claims to have seen a leaked document of an agreement between the two companies, O2’s exclusivity is set to end on October 9th.
However, the network will still be able to sell the handsets until 2012 as per the terms of a contract signed in 2007, it is claimed.
Apple and O2 have yet to confirm or deny the speculation, which comes
after months of speculation that Orange and T-Mobile could begin selling older versions of the iPhone leaving O2 with sole rights for the latest iPhone 3G S edition.
These were added further weight when reports surfaced this week that T-Mobile customer service agents are already offering iPhones to high spending customers who are threatening to leave the network.
Should the speculation prove true, the greater levels of competition among iPhone carriers could result in monthly contract costs plummeting – potentially bringing the handsets within reach of a huge potential market.
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