more and more details about how and when the iphone will be introduced in europe are becoming available. the latest news are:
- UK: phone sold for £269 ($538), 18 month lock-in contract with O2
- Germany: phone sold for €399 ($555), contract with T-Mobile
- France: deal with Orange very likely, but nothing confirmed officially
in both places, phones should become available in november, which is not so far away. i am really curious to see what apple will do about the sorry state of support for non-ascii characters on the iphone in general, the various technical flaws of the SMS app, and the bad interface design for the SMS app. since apple probably knows that the current state of the iphone software is pretty far from being good enough for a release in europe, i am looking forward to getting quite a number of my iphone to-do items fixed very soon!
it will also be interesting to see how apple performs in a marketplace that is a little less fascinated by well-choreographed product launches, and where it will be harder to get basically all major media giving away free advertisement space on a huge scale every day. furthermore, apple's business practices often are at least problematic, and they did run into problems with regulators over itunes previously.
i hope that the iphone will be a success and will make the mobile web more successful and ubiquitous, but i also hope that apple will do its homework and start working on some of the first-generation issues that should be better fixed before entering a more difficult marketplace.