iPhone subsidiary costs Optus $44 million

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Optus has spent $44 million on subsidising the iPhone to make it cheaper, according to its parent company Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), during the first quarter when the iPhone was released. However, its not all bad news for Optus – 55 percent of the iPhones were sold as Optus as the carrier.

Along with Telstra and Vodafone, Optus is one the three selling the iPhone in Australia. However, Optus’ 3G network has suffered major congestion because of the iPhone, with Optus saying that iPhone users were using 1.5 times more data than post-paid users who use Optus’ 3G network.

Source: ZDNet.com.au