3 announces iPhone 3GS release date (for them)

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3 Mobile, thanks to their merger with Vodafone Australia to create Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA), has previously said that the iPhone 3GS is coming to their network in July, and now, we know the exact date on when that is happening.

The date, confirmed to be on July 17, 2009, will see phones to be sold through 3 stores, their dealers, 3 direct and via their website. While the date has been confirmed, pricing is said to be “announced closer to the launch date”.

“Since we announced that 3 mobile would be selling the iPhone 3G S we have been inundated with customers who have pre-registered their interest in this device,” Nigel Dews, CEO for VHA, said in a press statement. “Our commitment is to give our loyal customers the great value and benefits they deserve and have come to expect from the 3 brand.”

Users can pre-register their interest at their website at http://www.three.com.au/iphone.

With 3 having the iPhone 3GS on sale, this brings Australia the only country that has the iPhone to be available on all major carriers, with many other countries being locked to one (or two) carriers. While Telstra signed to them directly, Optus and Vodafone were helped by their parent companies’ regional deals with Apple. 3 and Virgin Mobile (owned 100 percent by Optus) scored the iPhone thanks to their links to Optus (for Virgin) or Vodafone (for 3).

In the US, it is currently under the AT&T network, with rumours that Verizon could possibly be the second carrier; while New Zealand iPhone users are using the Vodafone network, thanks to a regional deal. Vodafone, in New Zealand, is the one out of three mobile carriers in that country, with the other one being Telecom NZ and the newly-launched 2degrees.