T-Mobile quietly offering iPhone to its top customers


T-Mobile is offering the iPhone to its high-end customers, undermining the exclusive deal O2 is supposed to have for the handset.

The company isn't making it easy however, only giving the iPhone 3G to customers threatening to leave a 75 per month contract, according to The Register. To make it even more difficult to get your hands on one, T-Mobile is giving out just 150 handsets per week.

Speaking to IT PRO, T-Mobile refused to deny the deal, but would not confirm any of the details.

Last month, reports suggested T-Mobile was stocking up on SIM free handsets from around Europe, as there is no clause preventing other companies doing so in O2's exclusive deal.

T-Mobile currently has a deal with Apple to sell the handsets in Germany.

Although rumours have been rife that O2 would lose its UK exclusivity deal, it still stands at present.

An O2 spokesperson told IT PRO: "We have a multi-year agreement with Apple to sell iPhone in the UK. This relationship continues."

We also contacted Apple but it did not return our request for comment at the time of publication.

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