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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.

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.