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UK and Europe gearing up for iPhone launch

As the launch of the iPhone approaches, queues of afficionados have been building up near the flagship stores (especially the one near regent street).

In a move that will surely please exclusive partner O2, the phone (opens in new tab) will be sold at 18:02 exactly at which time the first of the 200,000 iPhones will be handed to happy owners, many of whom have been queuing overnight, over the next 60 days or so.

The phones will be available at Carphone Warehouse and Apple Stores all over the country.

iPhone fans will have to fork at least £899 during the first year of ownership as the £35 18-month contract does not include the phone.

A recent survey from M:metrics found out that there's a huge market of potential buyers looking to get some of the iPhone goodwill.

However, what many buyers are unaware of, is that the iPhone is already technologically obsolete as It comes only with GPRS connectivity and has only 8GB onboard memory.

It is unlikely though that these will discourage buyers from flocking to buy Apple's iConic phone; the iPhone might not be the most technologically advanced phone but it captures the essence of what a near-perfect phone should be.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.