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Is O2 the surprise carrier for iPhone in the UK?

By Antonios Karantze, in , posted: 5-Jul-2007 19:58

As reported in the BBC and Telegraph websites:;jsessionid=SJ5M2QDCIFTZBQFIQMGSFF4AVCBQWIV0?xml=/money/2007/07/05/bcniphone105.xml

Interestingly the articles speculate that Apple is to share in the ongoing revenue from sales. Having completed several of these type of contracts, they are never as lucrative as they sound and are often a royal pain in the a** to administer for both carrier and supplier.

Far better and easier to receive a payment upfront and be done with it.

Anyway, this should make for an interesting xmas for folks in the UK - they may even pull off putting in the 3G chipset. Using GPRS, even with the Bytemobile speed optimiser in the way (which I put in for O2), is still a painful, painful experience.

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Comment by Jama, on 5-Jul-2007 20:58

Is that a 'royalty pain in the a***'? Been there as well, I know what you mean. Isn't it funny how Apple who have just made their first cell phone manage to get a kick back where as the largest cell phone manufacturers generally rely solely on handset sales.

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Antonios Karantze
New Zealand


Antonios has been actively employed in the IT & Technology sector since 1991, and has worked on many commercials projects and products in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Working in product or actively managing programmes of work, he has always focused on building for the end customer, and not just promoting new technologies. Industry experience includes all telecommunications areas for business and private customers, private insurance, loyalty, media, energy and gambling. 

Since 2013, he has been involved with the development and launch of many popular smartphone applications in New Zealand, including

- TAB Mobile
- AMI & State Insurance digital experience
- Fly Buys
- Newshub for web and app
- Genesis Energy & Energy Online
- MyACC for Business

Genuinely passionate about technologies, internet and computing in general, he lives in the city he was born in - Wellington, New Zealand, the creative heart of hub of digital sector for the country.