O2 may lose iPhone exclusive contract [UK]

It's not going too well for O2 this week in terms of the iPhone. Earlier reports this week suggest O2 has been experiencing problems with their data network failing, in some cases for hours. It seems that O2 may not be providing the level of service their iPhone customers want.

News gets a little worse for O2 though. In an article published on Wired Magazine's website yesterday, rumours sparked regarding the possibility that O2 may be losing it's exclusive contract on the iPhone.

According to Wired's source, MobileEntertainment, they claim to have seen proof that O2 could lose its exclusive rights to the iPhone.

Originally O2 trumped other hopefuls in 2007 to become the sole carrier for the device in the UK, however it was widely believed that the contract ends before 2012.

O2 did not comment in depth at all when asked about the situation: "All I can say is that O2 has a multi-year exclusive on iPhone - and that this remains in place." O2 Spokesperson.

The report suggests that O2 may retain the sole rights for the iPhone 3G S.

However, The Register is reporting that T-Mobile UK is already selling dedicated T-Mobile supported iPhones to select customers.

"Apple's 3G handset won't be available to just any T-Mobile customer - only high spenders who threaten to leave need apply, and only 150 of those a week will be lucky enough to get their hands on an officially-supported T-Mobile iPhone, though even that risks annoying Apple and will certainly have O2 up in arms."

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There must be some reason behind this other than a faulty network? Because if that were the case, Apple would have dropped AT&T in the US ages ago.

Knowing telefonica, they might be doing something shady for apple to spin the rumor mill against them. I hope they ditched them in spain. Movistar uses third-party distributors (the stores are not owned by them) to distribute phones, including the iphone. Movistar already priced the iphones cheaper for people that are not with them (and movistar has like 50% of the market). But the distributors take it even further by ONLY selling iphones to people from other companies, since they get bonuses or something for snatching clients from the competition. A mess.

If this will drive O2 to increase their 3G coverage and allow services like iPlayer to work over 3G then great.
I can't get anything above GPRS at work even though their map says the areas are covered. And it's not issues with buildings, terrain, etc. because users of other networks have full 3g coverage in the same area.
And I don't think I should be punished by not being allowed to use services such as iPlayer over anything except a wireless network because they're too cheap to upgrade their network. Especially when I pay a lot of money

This is old news. I already knew that Apple wanted out and was planning on letting other networks carry the 3G. In fact I am pretty sure I read it on Neowin recently.
o2 for now will continue with the 3GS - but the way o2 have been recently, I can see Apple quickly letting other networks carry the 3GS too.

Someone already said they already knew about this on this site.... (should have looked closer at existing comments). Non the less - #JournalismFail

Matt Hardwick said,
Someone already said they already knew about this on this site.... (should have looked closer at existing comments). Non the less - #JournalismFail

No. It isn't. What would be the point of posting an update to a month old story - no-one would notice.

Besides, this is an update.

Opening up the market can only mean more competitive prices. Personally I moved from Vodafone to O2 having been a Vodafone customer since first having a mobile. I would much sooner move back to Vodafone without loosing the iPhone. That said I haven't really got any issues with O2, but I know some customers of ours who want iPhones, simply can't have them as O2 is bad in their area. Loss of customers right there Apple...

O2 have a brilliant internet backbone, I think it's just down to faulty equipment or something. If it was still like this after a few months, then I would agree that O2 isn't the right network for the iPhone, but O2 as a whole are a brilliant network.

Tony. said,
O2 have a brilliant internet backbone, I think it's just down to faulty equipment or something. If it was still like this after a few months, then I would agree that O2 isn't the right network for the iPhone, but O2 as a whole are a brilliant network.


O2 are a brilliant network for anything except data, unless you do have an iPhone with them its not possible to get more than 250mb of data per month. Yes they will sell you an unlimited internet bolt-on bit it has a fair use policy of 250mb for anyone without an iPhone. O2 also block everything except port 80 unless you̢۪re on a contract.

Ive recently moved to another network and i get 150mb of data free and can get another 1gig for £5.

I was with o2 for 6 years until recently, no complaints except data charges.

Tony. said,
O2 have a brilliant internet backbone, I think it's just down to faulty equipment or something.

Surely you realise that's a bit contradictory?

Then crappy at&t should also lose their exclusive contract. They have very crappy 3G service in some areas because of the congestion.