At the time Orange didn't specify when the handset would be available. Instead the network launched a webpage where customers could register their interest. It is thought that nearly 200,000 consumers signed-up via the website.
Orange still won't answer questions regarding the cost of tariffs. The handset will be available through Orange shops, its website and also through high-street retailer Phones4U. It is also expected that Carphone Warehouse, which stocked the iPhone on O2, will offer the handset on Orange. However, Orange has yet to confirm this.
Kevin Russell, chief executive on 3, said his company also plans to sell the Apple's handset.
"I would expect the iPhone to be on the 3 network sometime during 2010," he said at the Westminster eForum last week.
"At the moment, we don't have the iPhone. We don't really have any smartphones but if we improve our range of smartphones and introduce the iPhone then our data traffic will grow massively."
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