There is a lot of Australian operators on the iPhone launch. To shake the world of mobile operators of the Pacific nation not only the interest of customers for a device that even down there seems destined to have a huge success, but reasons for competition between one of the two carriers that will have it (Optus ) and Telstra, that the iPhone, at least for now, will not have it and that has targeted Apple's partner. The reason for the dispute, which Telstra threatens could result in a legal causal, some proclamations of Optus that promises the magnificence of 3G when, however, it can do so, given the technology that it is preparing to introduce.
Optus, according to the competitor, may not be able to offer 3G services that '96% of the population 'mentioned in its advertisement because the standard adopted at 900 MHz in much of rural Australia would not be compatible with the iPhone's 2100 MHz . This in practice would leave a very large area of ??the territory devoid of iPhone services which would travel at the speed of GPRS in those areas, therefore far from the theoretical 7 Mbps of which it is capable. 'Telstra – reads a statement – fears that Optus fears may incorrectly represent to its customers services and functions that would not be available with their 900 MHz network. We will consider any representation of this type, misleading, deceptive and hypothetically infringing of section 52 of the act regulating commercial practices'. It is important – adds Peter Taylor, a Telstra spokesman in some statements to Itwire.com.au – that consumers understand that they are choosing a phone that will simply not work as it should on other frequencies such as 900 MHz. Say how Optus did that the iPhone will work on the 3G network forgetting to say that on the wrong frequency how to explain to someone who has to buy a TV that works only via cable even if it does not have the cable. '
Recall that Telstra, the main Australian operator, has long been indicated as the most serious candidate to have iPhone, but these hopes have then vanished. According to local media, the agreement that seemed practically reached would have been the carrier's insistence on preloading Apple's phones to bring Sensis accessing specific content search services such as phone numbers, addresses, a service for hotel reservations, real estate advertisements and more, which, as easily understandable, unacceptable for Apple who wants to keep the most solid control possible on the content distributed on the phone. In recent days, some sources had argued that the negotiations were not definitively interrupted and that Telstra could have been included with Vodafone and Optus at the last moment in the batch of mobile operators that will have iPhones, but this does not seem very likely today.
Some analysts claim that Apple will go on alone in the company of its two partners at least for a while, until it has understood if it is able, or not, to achieve its sales targets. Only at that point and only in case of failure of the target could the negotiations with Telstra reopen.