T-Mobile clinches iPhone deal--report

Deutsche Telekom's mobile phone unit T-Mobile clinched a deal to bring Apple's iPhone handset to Germany, a Reuters report, quoting a German daily, said.

The Reuters report said without citing sources Rheinische Post said that T-Mobile is expected to sell the iPhone exclusively with a T-Mobile contract for around 450 euros ($612) starting Nov 1.

Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile were not immediately available for comment, the Reuters report said.

The iPhone, which comes with an in-built iPod, web browser and e-mail software, went on sale in the US on Friday, the Reuters report said.

Apple has signed up top US telecoms operator AT&T in an exclusive deal for at least two years to sell the phone in the US, where customers willing to sign a two-year contract are expected to pay $500 to $600 for a handset, the report said.

In Europe, Britain's Vodafone Group , Deutsche Telekom, Paris-based France Telecom and Spain's Telefonica have been tipped as potential partners for Apple, the report further said.