This morning Orange announced they would be offering the iPhone 3G and 3GS by the end of the year, ending O2's two-year exclusive deal. O2 has posted a response on its official blog:
"We're proud that we've been able to offer an exclusive iPhone deal to our 20 million customers for the last two years. We always knew that iPhone exclusivity was for a limited period of time, but our relationship with Apple continues and will be an ongoing success. We have over 1million iPhone customers and they remain very important to us.
We aim to offer our customers the best devices on the market, including becoming the home of Smartphones and we are really pleased to now add another device in the Palm Pre. We also offer award-winning customer service and benefits, which is why more people choose O2 than any other network in the UK."
We're very interested to see if either operator will offer reduced tariffs from the £35/month, two-year contract that O2 currently offers the iPhone 3GS on. The operator is still the only UK company to offer the Palm Pre, which launches on October 16, and Samsung's first Android phone, Galaxy.