If you happen to be one of the 16,000 Polish mobile users who are lucky enough to have an iPhone in your possession, you can stop reading…
For everyone else you can start dancing in the streets because on May 7th French Telecom-owned Orange inked a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Orange users in Austria, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland. This announcement comes after months of fierce competition and infighting between Poland?s telecom operators concerning the rights to introduce the iPhone to the Polish market.
This is indeed exciting news for hundreds of thousands of mobile users across Poland who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of easily one of the most hyped gadgets of the 21st century (outside of Japan of course). The iPhone will be ushered onto the Polish market by none other than TP SA Group, which is Orange?s parent company in Poland. TP is the abbreviation for Telokomunikacja Polska, the largest telecom company in Central Europe and which is listed on both the Warsaw and London Stock Exchanges. In a behind the scenes note, France Telecom is one of the largest foreign stockholders in the TP SA Group, so it was unlikely that the tender would have gone to any of the other Polish mobile providers. Sorry Play.
On May 16th Wojciech Jablczynski, spokesman for TP SA, spoke out about the agreement but revealed very little about the lucrative deal. When asked about which iPhone models would be offered and how much they would cost, he simply replied that he couldn?t reveal any such details. Instead he rejoiced with the rest of the increasingly tech-savvy nation, exclaiming that they were very happy to have signed the deal. Orange hopes to have the phones on the Polish market before the end of the year.