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O2's joint announcement means 3G iPhone is behind the door

Apple and Telefonica, O2's parent company, will have a joint announcement in the next few weeks according to O2 Telefonica Europe boss Matthew Key.

He refused to say whether 3G iPhones will be part of the agenda but did tease the audience though by saying that they were out of 8GB iPhones and had a few 16GB models left, a sign that prompted analysts to expect a release sooner rather than later.

Key also added that he was quite happy with the revenue-sharing deal that O2 has with Apple despite the fact that Apple might review the exclusive agreement that it has with the British network operator.

Spanish company, Telefonica, is a major operator in a number of countries worldwide mainly in Europe and in Latin America.

Apple is widely believed to be planning a worldwide launch for the 3G iPhone in a bid to shatter the 10 million target it set itself and not only please its investors but also to boost its coffers and its share prices substantially.

The 3G iPhone is expected to be launched by Steve Jobs at the forthcoming Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.

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.