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Old May 20th, 2008, 04:10 PM   #1
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iPhone 2.0 Worldwide Launch on June 9th - Confirmed!

iPhone 2.0 Worldwide Launch on June 9th confirmed. From Wired iPhone 2.0 Worldwide Launch on June 9th | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

If you scroll down you will see a list of countries, and Canada is in there!

A June 9 launch date for the iPhone 2? No surprises there, and now it looks like inside sources are confirming the June 9 date, which is also when Steve Jobs' keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled.
But Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz has got wind of the details of the launch, and his source tells him that the Second Coming will be a worldwide event -- not just in the United States. He also claims that his snitch, "someone very, very close to the 3-G iPhone launch", says that the current fixed pricing model will be discontinued in favor of a more Euro-friendly flexible price point, one that can shift subject to the markets and the whims of the telcos.
The last point concerns Spain. As we reported this morning, Telefónica will indeed carry the iPhone, and will be launching it along with its brand new Madrid megastore on June 18.
This seems plausible enough. Despite the odd delay, all of Apple's hardware ships worldwide immediately upon launch. And the evidence coming in from around the world corroborates Jesus' story: The million and one one-line press releases from cellphone carriers announcing deals with Apple, for one, and the iPhone drought in the UK, Germany and even the online Apple store, for another. What is amazing is that Apple kept things quiet for so long, considering the amount of people involved.
So far, we count over 40 countries with iPhone deals, and in some of these there will be multiple carriers offering the iPhone. Here's what I believe to be a comprehensive list, not including the countries where the iPhone is already on sale, in no particular order (actually, the order I found them on Google):

Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, Italy, India, Austria, Philippines, Argentina, 
Brazil, 
Chile,
 Colombia,
 Dominican Republic,
 Ecuador, 
El Salvador, 
Guatemala, 
Honduras,
 Jamaica,
 Mexico, Nicaragua,
 Paraguay,
 Peru,
 Puerto Rico, 
Uruguay, Canada, Singapore, Belgium, Jordan, Romania, Switzerland and Slovakia.

If Jesus' tipoff is right, it looks like Apple is poised to conquer the world with the iPhone, much as it has done with the iPod, only a lot quicker. Piper Jaffray consultant Gene Munster put the numbers into his calculator and totted up the potential market for the iPhone now that these deals are in place. The number is 575 million. If Apple does nothing more than keep its existing 3 percent market penetration, that means it could sell 17.25 million iPhones. Muster doesn't stop there, though. He reckons that Apple could shift 45 million units by the end of 2009. Truly, the iPhone could be the phone on which the sun never sets.
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How do I get one? Do I go to the Apple store or Rogers?

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I'm pretty sure it'll be available at the Apple store. Maybe a few selected Rogers stores too. Apple likes to control the distribution of its products from what I've heard so I doubt they'll be available at any place that sells Rogers cellphones e.g. like the little cart at the Eaton Center.
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I wonder if Rogers will offer a discount with signing a contract,

or if we have to buy full price at Apple,,,and if we will have the same pricing as the U.S iphones,,,will there be pre orders?
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Not too sure about that. But i think we can count on Rogers offering measly discounts if you sign a contract with them.
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I wish people would stop saying it's confirmed. Gizmodo does not confirm anything until it actually comes from Apple. I think it's probably pretty likely but still not confirmed by anyone reputable.

I think it will be great though if it comes out in all those markets and/or is completely unlocked.
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AT&T hinted this because they sent around a company memo to all employees to NOT take any vacation between may 25 to june 25 (?) and we all obviously thought there is a big surprise on its way.

And here it is.
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as stated b4 it is likely we knew that, we also knew Rgers was releasing an iPhone but Apple hasn't made an official announcement and thus Gizmodo is speculating...that's all they can do. It's all about marketing their site...
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I can't wait to snap up one of the iPhone 1.0 units that will be put on the ehMac classifieds once 2.0 drops.
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I'm just hoping I can update to 2.0 on my current one as soon as it comes out and have it work on Rogers without any hacking and a decent data plan.
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