Deutsche Telekom likely to sell iPhone in Germany

17 Sep 2007

An unnamed source close to the matter, quoted by Dow Jones Newswires, has said that incumbent Deutsche Telekom (DT) will get exclusive marketing rights for Apple’s iPhone in Germany, in return for which cellular arm T-Mobile will pay the US vendor a share of the handset’s sales. DT itself declined to comment on the matter. Another source said that rival Vodafone Group was also interested in the rights for the iPhone, but backed out of a potential deal partly because of the 10% share in sales demanded by Apple, adding that Vodafone was also not Apple’s first choice, as customers could not download music through the internet with Vodafone as a service provider.