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Apple Announces Availability Of iPhone 4 In 17 Other Countries

The iPhone 4 will go on sale in 17 more countries by the end of the week according to a statement issued by Apple today, a step that marks the second step in the company's plans to get the phone in as many hands as possible.

The phone is currently available in only five countries - France, Germany, Japan, the UK and the US - with the phone being SIM Free only in the UK and France from the start.

Apple said that the phone will be on sale in Apple's retail and online stores as well as Apple authorised resellers. We're not sure whether this means that mobile phone operators who already have an exclusivity agreement with Apple will stock the iPhone 4.

Interestingly, Apple considers Hong Kong to be a country when technically, it is a Chinese territory, which means that the iPhone 4 is likely to flood the Chinese market pretty soon.

The iPhone 4 is expected to go on sale in 87 countries by the end of September with the ability to produce the device fast enough being the only major concern facing the Cupertino-based company.

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.