SevenClick has spoken with one of the main managers of Telefonica, asking him about the iPhone. These are the exclusive & awesome conclusions of our conversation.
- The Agreement
No agreement between Telefonica and Apple is closed at the moment to distribute iPhone in Spain.
- Revenue Sharing
The revenue sharing policy defined by Apple depends on each country, so Telefonica is applying its best efforts to decrease the 30% asked by Cupertino ones and finally signed the contract.
- Why Telefonica hasn’t launched the iPhone before?
The reason why Telefonica has not launched the iPhone before depends on Apple. They haven’t got enough stock to attend the demand, so Apple defined a road map selecting UK, Germany and France for the first European distribution phase. Rumors about Telefonica rejecting a GPRS iPhone version on Christmas are absolutely false.
- When iPhone will be launched in Spain?
Telefonica expects it on May, as SevenClick pointed before
- Will Telefonica release a 3G iPhone version on May?
Yes! They expect it.
As you can see, good news! Apple is working on a 3G version and they expect to release it on May.
Well, Spain, Italy and other first European countries with more than 100% mobile phone penetration will have to wait until that date to discover one of the best multimedia devices everybody have ever seen before. But they will be able to do with a quick 3G connection, essential on our opinion to enjoy with Google Earth and Internet browsing.
This is a very wise movement by Telefonica. European customers are currently using 3G and HSDPA devices and they would probably see iPhone 2.5G interface as a big drawback. Moreover, launching a GPRS model now and a 3G version on May could disappoint early adapters. Meanwhile, Telefonica can struggle with Apple for a lower revenue sharing.