Canadian Carrier SaskTel Claims iPhone 4G Launch In June
Canadian newspaper Leader Post has published a report that claims that SaskTel, a wireless network operator based out of Saskatchewan province in Canada could join the likes of Rogers, Bell and Telus to carry the next generation iPhone in the country.
The operations are expected to start in Saskatchewan from July of this year.
According to the report, SaskTel CEO, Robert Watson has announced that his company's 3G network shall be operational from July of this year and this will also be the time when the network shall start carrying the iPhone. Watson said:
"We're building the 3G network right now. It will be up and running for July 1st (with) completion by the end of this year. While iPhone users have been able to use the Rogers wireless network in Saskatchewan, July 1st will be the first day it will be available to SaskTel customers. The good news is that (Apple) is coming out with a new version of the iPhone in the June time-frame and they're going to put us on that. So we're quite excited about that."
Interestingly, Watson's statement also appears to have confirmed rumors that Apple could be launching the next generation iPhone (tentatively named iPhone HD) in June of this year. Though there were reports earlier this week that claimed that Apple may unveil the next generation iPhone on June 22, we had not been able to confirm the veracity of the speculations so far. Watson's statements in this context could thus be the first official word that points to a June 2010 launch of iPhone 4G. We have also heard rumors that AT&T has put a block on all employee vacations for the month of June, which also indicates that Apple is likely to release the new iPhone in June.
Nevertheless, as we have mentioned in our earlier post, a June launch of iPhone 4G has been largely along expected lines. This is because Apple has traditionally unveiled the iPhone during the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, which is held during the month of June. Despite this, the statement from SaskTel CEO is significant in that it also points to a possibility for iPhone 4G to launch simultaneously across multiple markets.
You may recall that Apple launched iPhone 3GS simultaneously across US, Canada, UK and a few other European countries last year. We wonder if Apple will extend the initial launch to many more countries this time around. What do you think?
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