Is Apple planning a worldwide launch for the 3G iPhone?

With less than four weeks to go to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, more cues have appeared that point to a worldwide launch of the next generation iPhone.

An Austrian newspaper, Der Standard, has published reports that T-Mobile Austria will be launching the iPhone fairly soon with the company apparently planning to offer "more flexible" subscriptions.

The chief executive of T-Mobile, Hendrik Kasteel, was quoted saying : "Yes, we plan to bring the iPhone with UMTS-support to market, but can't and are not allowed to say when yet."

Since Austria is not a major player when it comes to the iPhone game plan, this could mean that unlike the previous generation of iPhones, Apple could be readying a massive worldwide launch or at least have a succession of iPhone launches in several countries within a few weeks.

Apple has already commit itself to sell more than 10 million iPhones within the next few months and if the company goes ahead with a worldwide iPhone launch, these numbers could well be smashed before Christmas.