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iPhone Rumour: Orange UK to gain iPhone 3G?

There have been rumours of the Apple iPhone going to Orange UK before, and now theiphoneblog is reporting that the possibility of Orange UK gaining the Apple iPhone is a bit further towards confirmation.

Apparently they received a tip off that the Apple iPhone 3G is showing up on internal systems at Orange UK; this is something that typically happens six to eight weeks before a carrier starts shipping the goods.

iPhone Rumour: Orange UK to gain iPhone 3G?

Up until now O2 have held exclusivity on the Apple iPhone in the UK, so could this mean they are about to lose that exclusivity and gain some competition from Orange UK?

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16 thoughts on “iPhone Rumour: Orange UK to gain iPhone 3G?”

  1. jack says:

    MY MISSUS PHONED ORANGE TO CANCEL OUR CONTRACTS DUE TO THE IMPENDING IPHONE UPDATE IN JUNE SO TO SWAP OVER TO O2. THE ORANGE REP ADVISED US TO WAIT ONE MORE MONTH BECAUSE THEY MIGHT BE SHARING EXCLUSIVITY WITH 02. I KNOW REPS ARE ITCHING TO KEEP YOU FROM LEAVING THE NETWORK BUT THIS SOUNDS QUITE INTERESTING, NO?

  2. Jack says:

    There is no doubting that that is an iphone icon, but its the original iphone, not even the 3g one and the next one in June is meant to be fully blacked up with no metal.

  3. David says:

    Your right, thats what I was thinking, besides it may actually just be a replication of the Orange France tool. Still, nothing for 2 years and the iPhone seems to be popping up everywhere in our systems. We can only wait and see, besides, if it doesn’t come out on Orange before the release of the 3rd generation iPhone i’ll be queuing outside O2 faster than soft mick. 😀

  4. Jack says:

    haha im with you there except i would have been queing since the night before!
    i honestly cant see apple selecting orange as a new carrier, 02 has the right market and looks like a partner of apple, orange though is on paper a better carrier, but dont excite anybody, you know what i mean?

  5. anon says:

    DAVID.

    The symbol of a phone that you posted above is just a generic phone picture. The wording “i-shop” represents internet shop aka orange.co.uk – unfortunately its nothing to do with the actual iphone.

    I do know that o2 only had a relatively short contract which is due up soon, and they are looking for the exclusive rights a new touch phone so they might open the doors for other networks – time will tell.

    On another note – you might want to re-name your photobucket links. IF it is your name in the link, not many work for Orange.

    People have been sacked for dodgy facebook comments – let alone posting pics of systems and advertising they work for Orange

  6. peyton says:

    i think they shud put the iphone on orange and on Wi-Fi instead of o2 and 3g because some people cant get sygnal or 3g in the area they live x

  7. Mike says:

    David what are you doing?? why are you trying to lose your job at orange telling people this? orange dont even know if there taking it on yet and even if they are you dont tell people at all!! till orange say its ok!!

  8. moz says:

    Let’s face it, it pays orange, vodaphone and all the other providers to keep these rumors alive. If customers think Iphone is coming to their network they are likely to hold on for a few more months. As an experiment I have called Orange each month telling them I am considering canceling my contract to take up an iphone. Each month different Orange staff have said they don’t know anything official but they have heard a rumor that iphone will be launched next month.

    DON’T BELIEVE THE CON!! I am off to O2!!

  9. dee says:

    Moz..

    the true voice of reason…it is a massive con. no carrier on earth will let their customers leave without a fight, including o2. who knows when and if the iphone will be available generically to all and sundry…but until then o2 has the best cell phone in the world bar NONE.

    and wifi only is pathetic..to justify the tarriff and owning an ipgone you *need* online connectivbity outside of wifi, not everyone is next to mcdonalds 24-7

  10. Lance says:

    Guys,

    The speculation is over I am sure you will probally all know but it has been released today that Orange will be selling the I-phone in the next few weeks 🙂

  11. Lawrence Clayton says:

    This is a conversation I had with o2 on 16th July 2009, o2 stating it was an apple issue. Draw your own conclusions
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    Hello Lawrence

    Thanks for your further email about our unlatching procedure for the iPhone.

    Jean has passed this to me for my review.

    As previously advised the iPhone handsets are exclusive to us within the UK and it can’t be unlocked to be used with a different Service Provider’s SIM card.

    This decision was made in conjunction with apple and we are duty bond to uphold their request.

    I’m sorry if this is not the answer you’re looking for but I cannot assist you any further at this time.

    However, if you wish an impartial review of this please see below for the contact details of our complaint review department:

    O2 UK complaints review service
    PO Box 302
    Dunstable
    LU6 9GN

    email address: complaintreviewservice@o2.com

    Fax: 01133 881 153

    What you need to include in your letter is:

    – Your name and address
    – Your mobile number
    – A daytime phone number
    – Details of your complaint
    – A suggestion of what you’d like us to do to put things right.

    If you’ve had any previous correspondence relating to your complaint, please send copies of these as well as any names of managers you’ve spoken to.

    When you email us please provide: your date of birth, postcode and mobile number as it helps us answer your query faster.

    Kind regards

    Kim
    Ecare Team Manager – Glasgow
    O2 Customer Service

    Getting your query right the first time you email us is very important to us. If your query has not been resolved this time, please reply to this email with the words ‘Need More Help’ in the subject field.

    Telefónica O2 UK Limited, Registered in England No 1743099. Registered Office: 260 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire SL1 4DX.

  12. Graham says:

    I just people stop talking about orange all time and think that thay are some kind of god I here a lot commints running down 02 and other networks you orange people are just angree that 02 had the iPhone first but that’s life I have had orange tmobile vodafone 02 gone back tmobile from tmobile whent to three and now I am back with 02 as I don’t like tmobile mergin with orange I got most of my mates off tmobile to join 02 as on tmobile I could not ring my mats on tmobile and I ask tmobile with my with for puc codes so that thay bring there numbers from tmobile as my mates don’t like orange ps I now have three and 02 and keeping them both as I don’t like orange customer service or it’s network at least you get unlimted data from 02 what are orange going to do have the samething for there iPhone I gess not probley charge you 5 pound a month extra or something like that any way I think vodafone should have got the iPhone next oh sorry thay are getting the iPhone next year just waiting for three to get it next as I will have two iPhones so you orange people forgot some this merge with did you think about the speed you are going to get when you got a lot of customers from tmobile joining orange no of corse not why would you and when you phone customer service well you be wating a long time waiting on the phone so good luck orange people at least not me so come on 02 bring more masks up when tmobile have gone to the little orange people