Vodafone brings iPhone to Australia

Company mum on release date

Vodafone has inked a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone in Australia later this year.

The iPhone has been available in the United States since November last year, exclusively through AT&T, and has already become the most popular device for Internet access.

Vodafone Australia CEO Russell Hewitt said the iPhone will be launched alongside upgrades to its mobile Internet access.

"Vodafone Australia is enormously pleased to be included in the agreement to sell the iPhone to our customers later this year," Hewlitt said.

The company refused to announce exactly when the iPhone will be available.

Hewlitt said the iPhone's Australian launch is "well-timed to coincide" with Vodafone's plans to deliver "an enhanced mobile Internet and entertainment experience to customers".

"The iPhone has already proved to be extremely popular with customers in other parts of the world and Vodafone is confident that today's announcement will be well received by all Australians who are keen to get their hands on their own iPhone," he said.

As part of the deal, Vodafone will also offer the iPhone to its customers in nine other countries including New Zealand, India and South Africa.