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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 (opens in new tab) while O2 has a more decent "coming soon" page (opens in new tab). Ditto for Three (opens in new tab) and Vodafone (opens in new tab).

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 (opens in new tab) and Phones4U (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow
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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.