According to a report from The Financial Times, T-Mobile of Germany, Orange of France and O2 in the U.K. have each inked exclusive deals with Apple for the iPhone. What's more, the deals see the carriers paying Apple 10 percent of the revenues made from the calls and data transfers from iPhones. While none of the carriers would comment on the report, the newspaper's sources say that the carriers will officially announce their deals with Apple at the IFA trade fair in Berlin at the end of the month. Vodafone reportedly turned down the iPhone deal because it did not want to pay the steep percentage of revenues to the handset maker.
The newspaper also claims that the chairman of Deutche Telekom's mobile business, Hamid Akhavan attempted to personally lobby Apple's CEO Steve Jobs, as did O2's CEO Peter Erskine. The Financial Times has reported that these same carriers were close to inking deals with Apple for the iPhone last month.
For more on the report:
- read this article from the FT