iPhone finally coming to Israel via Partner Communications

Tue, Jun 16, 2009


At last weeks WWDC, Apple announced that the forthcoming iPhone OS 3.0 update will include support for languages that operate from right to left, such as Hebrew and Arabic.  Now comes word that the iPhone will finally be making its way to Israel by way of mobile operator Partner Communications Company.

Reuters reports:

Partner Communications Company… announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Apple Sales International for the purchase and resale of iPhone handsets in Israel.

The term of the agreement is three years, during which Partner has agreed to purchase a minimum quantity of iPhone handsets per year which quantity will represent a significant portion of the company’s expected handset purchases over that period.

For some time now, the iPhone has been available in a number of Middle Eastern countries, but for whatever reason, was never officially supported in Israel, a country known for its advanced high-tech industry.  That, however, didn’t stop the iPhone from becoming a prized, and often smuggled, device that often commanded resale prices as high as $1000.


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