Orange has announced it will be stocking the Apple iPhone 3G and 3G S by the end of the year.
The news comes after months of speculation that one or more other networks will over turn O2’s exclusive hold over the devices in the UK.
Orange is likely to offer the handsets in November, when O2’s exclusive contract ends.
The agreement means that Orange now stocks the iPhone in 28 countries globally.
The handset will be available through Orange’s retail estate, online portal, telesales department as well as selected high street partners.
The network has launched a pre-registration website for customers to register their interest to purchase one. Customers can register at www.orange.co.uk/iPhone.
An O2 spokesperson said of the deal: “We’re proud that we’ve been able to offer an exclusive iPhone deal to our 20 million customers for the last two years.
“We always knew that iPhone exclusivity was for a limited period of time, but our relationship with Apple continues and will be an ongoing success. We have over 1 million iPhone customers and they remain very important to us.
“We aim to offer our customers the best devices on the market, including becoming the home of Smartphones and we are really pleased to now add another device in the Palm Pre. We also offer award-winning customer service and benefits, which is why more people choose O2 than any other network in the UK.”
Orange is yet to confirm pricing and tariff details.
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