Apple’s iPhone to be officially launched this month.
The wait is almost over. Hutchinson announced that they will be importing the Apple iPhone Version 2.0 to Hong Kong this month.
Existing subscribers of Hutchison Telecom, a unit of conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, were expected to be the first users of the iPhone in an early program starting this summer, the South China Morning Post said.
“Due to the confidential agreement with Apple, we can’t say too much beyond the formal announcement,” the newspaper quoted a Hutchison Telecom spokesman as saying.
The South China Morning Post, citing a statement from the international mobile and telecommunication services provider, disclosed the deal but did not specify whether Hutchison Telecom would launch the 2G or 3G model
At present, Hong Kong people can only buy the iPhone, a mobile phone that allows Internet access and plays music, through unofficial channels often in the form of parallel imports.
Other mobile operators in Hong Kong were expected to announce similar partnerships with Apple to launch 3G iPhones shortly, the newspaper said.
So while this is good news for 3 users who will no doubt be offered some kind of special promotion in conjunction with the new release, we are hearing strange rumours that it might not be the actual new 3G phone but an upgraded version of the 2G one so that it works on 3G networks.
The official unveiling is set for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 9th so get ready for the big unveil and formal announcements next week.