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3G iPhone to come with onboard TV and Video Conferencing?

Swiss newspaper Le Matin broke the news of a TV-enabled 3G iPhone last week but it took nearly one week before it was reported in English speaking papers.

Apple has already signalled that it would be selling its iPhone devices in significantly more markets than its original model in order to boost its sales by the end of the year.

Switzerland's Swisscom is understood to be amongst one of the companies in Western Europe to have earned the right to sell the 3G iPhone within a few weeks.

According to Le Matin, the phone will come with a second facial camera for video conferencing as well as true GPS functionality and the ability to receive TV channels.

It will be interesting to see whether the iPhone will actually incorporate a TV tuner - with the added inconvenience of reduced battery life - or whether it will be a Video on Demand service that would use specialised Content Delivery Networks set up by the network operators.

Unsurprisingly, neither Swisscom nor Apple have commented on the rumours.

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.