Apple is all set to launch its new 3G iPhone today in 22 countries, including the US and the UK. Authorities are expecting jammed streets across UK as shoppers flock the 1,250 stores in search of the 3G phone, Apple’s combined music player, phone and internet browser.
The mobile phone shop Carphone Warehouse and the network O2, which have exclusive rights to sell the gadget, expect to sell out in nearly all of their shops. Both sold out of their online allocations within hours on Monday, with unexpectedly strong demand crashing 02’s website.
Those who buy the phones will find it an expensive experience, as all have to be bought with an accompanying 18-month contract with O2. The cheapest £30 tariff with the smaller 8GB model, customers will cost £639.
Apple has a target of selling 10 million units worldwide this year. Analysts believe the phone, which automatically switches between Wi-Fi, 3G and EDGE networks to ensure the fastest downloads, will easily pass that figure.
In India the 3G iPhone will be launched in September.