iPhone in Australia

Australia has long been the victim of delayed technology and releases. Games, gadgets and other "new" technology are introduced weeks, sometimes months after their release in the US & Europe. The release of Apple's iPhone is no exception -- Australia has been given a very vague release date of "sometime in 2008". No specific quarter was mentioned.

With a Europe-wide release slated for late 2007, it's a wonder why Australia & Oceania have been excluded from this release period. The delay could be explained by troubled negotiations with Australian carriers & Apple. Telstra's operations chief, Greg Winn, recently stated that he sees "significant operation challenges" for the iPhone and suggests that Apple should "stick to their knitting" -- referring to that Apple are not a mobile phone manufacturer and should stick to what they do best, making computers and media players. This translates to bad news for Australians with any hope of seeing the iPhone in Australia -- Telstra is the only network that supports the EDGE network, the primary connection that the iPhone uses for web surfing and visual voicemail.

With Telstra not as enthusiastic with taking the iPhone on board, Apple may be waiting for a 3G version of the iPhone to be developed before they release it in Australia, Asia & Oceania. Three would be a likely candidate as it's network is primarily run via 3G, but reports suggest that Vodafone is looking to enter negotiations with Apple.

Until it's belated 2008 release though, there are many unlocking methods available for the impatient. While unlocking the iPhone is an incredibly risky process (you are effectively flushing your $500 investment down the drain if you don't know what you're doing), it allows for it's most basic functions to be used.

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