Apple lines up 7 more iPhone markets

Its latest deal, with TeliaSonera, adds Nordic, Baltic countries to growing list

Swedish telecommunications company TeliaSonera AB Tuesday added its name to the list of mobile carriers set to sell Apple's iPhone this year.

In a brief statement Tuesday, TeliaSonera said it had inked a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia "later this year." Financial terms were not disclosed.

Apple confirmed the arrangement.

TeliaSonera, Sweden's largest telecomm firm, boasts more than 100 million mobile subscribers, primarily in its home country and neighboring Norway and Finland; it also operates in Denmark, the three Baltic countries, and Spain.

None of the markets tagged by TeliaSonera have been publicly allotted to other carriers, a reversal of a minor trend this month that has seen multiple carriers claim some countries -- including Italy, the Dominican Republic, Egypt and Portugal -- in non-exclusive deals.

Apple first departed from its one-carrier-per-country business model three weeks ago when Vodafone and Telecom Italia -- Italy's largest telecommunications company -- both said that they had signed deals with the US computer and consumer electronics maker to sell the iPhone in Italy. Until then, Apple had partnered with a single mobile service provider in each market. In the US, for example, the only authorized network provider is AT&T.

TeliaSonera's announcement comes less than two weeks before the opening day of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), where CEO Steve Jobs will take the stage June 9 to deliver the keynote address. Jobs is expected to launch a new iPhone capable of connecting to faster 3G data networks during the keynote.

Also to play a prominent role at WWDC will be iPhone 2.0, the firmware upgrade unveiled in March that will let iPhone users add third-party applications to their devices, and allow enterprises to sync corporate iPhones with Microsoft Exchange e-mail and scheduling servers.

Apple's iPhone will be available in nearly 50 countries by the end of the year, according to Computerworld's count of the deals announced by both Apple and mobile carriers. Currently, the iPhone is available only in the US, the UK, France, Germany and Austria.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?