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No iPhone? Have an iPod touch and MiFi

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3 is to sell its MiFi Wi-Fi mobile hotspot gizmo bundled with an iPod touch, to let you Skype your mates wherever you are. Is this the cheapest “iPhone” ever?

A bunch of new iPhone vendors have popped out into the open recently, including Orange, Vodafone, and even Tesco, so Three’s obviously keen to get in on the action. It’s not selling the iPhone, but the next best thing: an iPod touch bundled with MiFi mobile Wi-Fi so you can get online with it wherever there’s 3G and dial your friends over Skype.

Naturally there are some downsides to this mashup: the MiFi needs to be charged, you get no GPS, and it’s only the 8GB iPod touch, not the 64GB. But hey, if you’re planning on getting MiFi anyway (and you should be), think of it as a free iPod touch instead.

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Broadband and iPhone boost Carphone performance

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Carphone Warehouse raised its full-year earnings forecast yesterday after an unexpectedly strong 88 per cent rise in half-year profits to £75 million.

Britain’s second-biggest broadband provider attributed the strong performance to a rising number of broadband customers and strong demand for the Apple iPhone and other smart phones.

Excluding its July acquisition of Tiscali, which takes the company’s total of broadband customers to 4.1 million, it added 124,000 new customers in the six months to September 30.

Carphone plans to demerge TalkTalk, the broadband provider, and Best Buy, its retail division, which is 50 per cent owned by Best Buy Electricals, of the US, by March. The company hopes that they will create better value as separate companies.

The company has already signed up a new chief executive for the demerged TalkTalk, according to Charles Dunstone, Carphone chief executive. The new chief executive, who is currently an executive at another company, will be named next year.

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Tesco to sell Apple iPhone: Price war on way

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Tesco have been confirmed as the next company in Apple’s move to open up its UK distribution channel by giving them the right to sell the Apple iPhone, and have it ready in the Tesco Mobile shops, which are in association with O2, before the Christmas rush in December.

This will shock Vodafone and Orange, who have also secured a deal with Apple at prices similar to O2’s, and possibly start a ‘price war’ between the two companies with the Christmas retail race already under way.

With Tesco now worming its way into the UK mobile phone market, we could potentially see a number of different tariffs available for the iPhone, having to choose from none other than 4 different deals from 4 different companies. That is all depending on if they all choose 1 tariff per phone, which is doubtful.

Tesco is also hoping to double the number of Tesco Mobile outlets by the end of 2010 to 200 stores, which is another indiction of the share of the market that Tesco want to dominate.

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iPhone Set For Big UK Sales As Supermarket Signs Up

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In something of an unprecedented move for iPhone, for the first time Apple's device will soon be available for sale in the world's third largest global retailer. The UK's biggest supermarket chain Tesco has won the right to sell iPhones in its stores before Christmas.

It's a big get for the chain. Tesco's own mobile network joins the iPhone club before European heavyweights such as Vodafone and T Mobile have even signed up, with Vodafone expected to fall in line after Christmas. Tesco Mobile becomes the third network to offer the iPhone in the UK, behind O2, who previously held exclusive rights to the device, and recent convert Orange.

The Tesco deal promises to deliver the iPhone right into the hands of the mass-market. The supermarket has something of a reputation for being a "loss leader," selling products below cost in order to secure market share. This could make iPhone the first smartphone to really penetrate the mainstream. Sales are naturally expected to receive a big boost post launch, with the App Store welcoming reams of potential new customers just in time for the holidays.

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iPhone to be Carried by Tesco Mobile

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O2 originally had the iPhone 3G as a time exclusive device for quite some time. “Quite” is an understatement for two whole years.

With Orange UK recently releasing the iPhone and Vodafone announcing that they too will be having the device on January of 2010, O2 has just not lost exclusivity, but also price control. Just a week prior to the Orange launch of the iPhone, O2 started coming up with new promotions for the device. Competition can truly be a good thing.

Tesco will be boosting O2’s market share on the iPhone as they too have announced that the Apple iPhone will be available through them as well. Interested buyers may sign up at the pre-registration page at the Tesco website though there are still no details regarding the specific release date.

The official press release from Tesco dated November 25 states that the Tesco will be releasing Apple iPhone products “through its joint venture partnership with O2”. Specific details regarding this are still unavailable, but it is confirmed that all iPhones to be sold by Tesco will be under an O2 pay-as-you-go or monthly tariff plan.

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Tesco to Sell iPhone in U.K.

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LONDON -- Tesco PLC said Thursday it will sell Apple Inc.'s iPhone in the U.K., potentially bringing its lower-priced ethos to the smartphone market.

The British retailer didn't confirm a start date or tariffs for the iPhone but said in a brief press release that both the original iPhone 3G and the new iPhone 3GS would be available shortly.

After a two-year exclusive deal with Telefonica SA's O2, Apple opened up its distribution channels in the U.K. earlier this month when France Telecom SA's Orange network began to sell the phone. Vodafone Group PLC is set to follow in the new year.

Tesco Mobile is a joint venture between Tesco and O2, and derives the majority of its sales from low-margin, low-priced pay-as-you-go phones operating on the O2 network.

While the company does sell a small proportion of longer-term mobile contracts, a lack of in-store sales staff dedicated to signing up new customers has limited the sale of these more lucrative contracts.

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