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Vodafone start selling iPhone in Australia

Australia has become the first country in Oceania to be bestowed by the presence of Apple's iConic phone through Mobile service provider, Vodafone.

Vodafone has also signed an agreement with the iPhone manufacturer to sell the phone in 10 other Vodafone territories all over the world as from later this year including the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey.

The deal is understood to be a non-exclusive one, unlike the first wave of agreement that Apple signed outside the US market.

China, Brazil and Russia remain the only big markets where the iPhone is not being sold currently while Vodafone finally joins the rank of O2, Orange and T-Mobile as the last big network operator to sell the iPhone.

Apple is keen to sell its ten-millionth iPhone by the end of this year in its bid to grab 1 percent of the global mobile phone market, although that would represent a much higher percentage in terms of ASP.

The cheapest iPhone can cost as much as 30 entry level mobile phones.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.