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Vodafone signs deal to sell Apple iPhone

iPhone goes global with Vodafone, later this year

Vodafone announced today that it will sell Apple's iPhone in 10 countries later this year.

However, Vodafone will not sell the iPhone through its subsidiaries in the UK and Germany, where Apple has struck exclusive agreements with local operators O2 and T-Mobile.

Customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey will be able to purchase the iPhone for use on Vodafone's networks there later this year.

Vodafone would not say whether it will sell the current iPhone model or an oft-rumoured future 3G version. A spokeswoman declined to comment on pricing, or whether the company will sell the iPhones locked to its own network.

Tuesday's announcement will mean a significant increase in availability of the iPhone, which today is sold in just six countries: the UK, US, France, Germany, Ireland and Austria.

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