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Orange iPhone deal ‘won’t affect O2 product portfolio’

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Orange iPhone deal ‘won’t affect O2 product portfolio’

O2 has confirmed that it will continue to sell iPhones, despite Orange agreeing a deal that breaks the Telefonica subsidiary’s exclusivity on the handset.

Earlier today, Orange announced that it will begin selling the iPhone 3G S and the iPhone 3G later this year, with industry insiders forecasting that they will go on sale in the UK in time for Christmas.

O2 has now responded by claiming that it was always aware that its sole right to sell Apple mobile phones was for a limited period and that Orange’s arrangement will not affect its handset portfolio.

A spokesperson for O2 told TechRadar: "We're proud that we've been able to offer an exclusive iPhone deal to our 20 million customers for the last two years.

“We always knew that iPhone exclusivity was for a limited period of time, but our relationship with Apple continues and will be an ongoing success.

"We have over one million iPhone customers and they remain very important to us.”

News of developments comes after months of speculation that O2's arrangement was coming to an end, during which time T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone were all rumoured to be negotiating with Apple to sell iPhones.

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