updated 07:40 am EDT, Fri July 30, 2010
iPhone 4 ships in 17 more countries
The iPhone 4 today launched in 17 more countries and included more carriers. Apple's phone is now available in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Scandinavian countries, Singapore and new European countries that include the Benelux area and Spain. South Korea, which had been included in the original "second wave" list, is only due to get the device later this year due to delays.
In the UK, T-Mobile UK and 3 UK expand the number of British carriers to six. Pricing for the two varies sharply: 3 UK is the more aggressive and will give a 16GB iPhone for free on a two-year contract with a £45 tariff with 1GB of data, 2,000 minutes and 5,000 messages where T-Mobile requires a £60 plan with just 500 messages but unlimited UK calling. T-Mobile's plans are less generous with data and offer just 500MB on most tiers where 3 provides 1GB, more texts and more minutes with its lower prices.
In Canada, Virgin Mobile has joined its parent Bell and competitor Rogers in providing iPhone 4 details: it sells the 16GB and 32GB models for $160 and $270 respectively and is offering a promo until September 30 that gives a 6GB smartphone data plan for $30 per month.
Telus has raised questions, however, as the company is noticeably silent. Although it has promised to sell the iPhone 4 today, it still markets the phone as "coming July 30" and doesn't have listings. It also hasn't issued a press release.