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All UK Networks Confirm iPhone 4S Availability Forthcoming

All the major UK networks have announced that they will have the iPhone 4S on their network with all of them saying that the handset will arrive soon, rather than on the 14th of October.

Strangely enough, T-Mobile lists the new iPhone as being .... a brand new iPhone. Orange has a generic registration page here while O2 has a more decent "coming soon" page. Ditto for Three and Vodafone.

Talkmobile, Virgin Media and Tesco Mobile are yet to put anything up indicating that they might bring Apple's latest smartphone to the market.

Not surprisingly, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U have also put up registration pages.

It will be interesting to see whether Apple allows secondary subsidaries like Mobiles.co.uk and Chitterchatter to sell the upmarket iPhone 4S via their sites.

The handset, which will be available in six different SKUs, will almost certainly cost the same as the original iPhone 4, with the latter going down in price and pushing the 3GS even further down.

With a three-pronged strategy (offering the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and 3GS at a wider range of price points), Apple is hoping to wrestle back some market share from Android, particularly at the mid-lower end of the smartphone sector.

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