Apple’s 3G iPhone rollout continues as more providers strike deals offering the handset

Telecom providers in Turkey and Kenya are the latest to announce they will be bringing the 3G iPhone to their markets as the international rollout of the handset continues.

On August 22nd, the current list of 22 nations where the iPhone has already been launched will be extended to give another 20 countries access to Apple’s latest product.

A further 28 countries will then receive the iPhone by the end of 2008 to reach Apple’s stated goal of introducing the handset to more than 70 nations by year’s end.

Turkcell, the leading provider of mobile communications services in Turkey, has announced that it will be ones of those bringing the iPhone to its customers later in the year.

Lale Saral Develioglu, Turkcell’s chief marketing officer, said the smartphone would be offered to its prepaid and post-paid
customers. “We’re very excited to be working with Apple to bring the iPhone 3G to Turkey,” he said.

Turkcell recently started offering RIM’s latest high-end smartphone, the BlackBerry Bold 9000.

Meanwhile, Telkom Kenya will start selling the iPhone in Kenya next month after launching its mobile phone service under the Orange brand.

The company’s chief commercial and marketing officer, Njeri Rionge, said Orange entered into a contract with Apple that gave it the right to sell the iPhone in Kenya.

Sales will commence once the mobile service rolls out. However, Rionge said Telkom Kenya has yet to decide whether to offer the iPhone 3G, the older version or both.

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