September 14, 2007 - Apple will unveil its plans for the iPhone in the United Kingdom at a London media event next Tuesday, but the device will not be available to consumers until the first half of November, according to fresh information passed along by Think Secret sources. The Euro-spec iPhone will not be equipped with 3G network support, as some have speculated.
The exact iPhone UK launch date will likely land during the week of November 12, although sources have said there is a possibility the iPhone will be in stores the previous week. As previously reported, O2 will be the exclusive official carrier of the iPhone in the UK.
Apple is expected to host a similar media event in France the following week, around September 24, to usher in the iPhone's arrival in that country. The news will come ahead of Apple Expo, which kicks off September 25 in Paris. France Telecom's Orange unit will be the exclusive provider of the iPhone in France, and phones are expected to arrive in the hands of French consumers around November 29.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile is also slated to start selling the iPhone in Germany some time in November, although details of that product launch are less certain at this point.
European consumers are expected to be less forgiving of the iPhone's EDGE data support, as the much faster 3G network standard is widely deployed in the region. Development of a 3G-equipped iPhone continues, however, and sources say Apple could start shipping such a model as early as February 2008, much to the chagrin of early iPhone adopters in Europe.