“T-Mobile UK has started supplying iPhone 3G handsets to selected customers, while O2 UK continues to believe it has a UK exclusive on Apples last-generation handset.Apples 3G handset wont be available to just any T-Mobile customer – only high spenders who threaten to leave need apply, and only 150 of those a week will be lucky enough to get their hands on an officially-supported T-Mobile iPhone, though even that risks annoying Apple and will certainly have O2 up in arms.
So T-Mobile has imported an unknown number of iPhone 3G handsets from a European distributor, which it will be supplying to customers paying more than £75 a month if they threaten to leave – the latter clause enforced by allocating the handsets through 50 agents in the retentions department, and limiting those agents to three a week each.”
Ironically, I left T-Mobile and was one of those high-spending customers. It’s a sign that T-Mobile is desperate, if they’re prepared to buy an undiscounted, unsupported phone.
Plus, it rather lessens the chances that T-Mobile will be getting the iPhone officially. I’m sure Apple takes a dim view of what amounts to the old practice of “grey” importing.