Swisscom confirms iPhone deal; Apple’s available market nears 500 million


Philip Elmer-DeWitt is a senior editor at Fortune.

Less than a week after press reports that a deal had been reached, Swisscom on Wednesday confirmed that it will be bringing Apple's (aapl) iPhone to Switzerland this summer.

For a country known for its discretion, Switzerland has been a hotbed of iPhone rumors lately. The one getting the most buzz was posted Tuesday on MacPrime's Swisscom iPhone forum by a reader named dakis. Dakis provides price points, a June 20 delivery date and three colors: silver, black and white -- none of which sounds quite right.

Swisscom (swj.f) is Switzerland's largest mobile phone carrier, with 5.1 million mobile subscribers, and one of its biggest IT providers. Wednesday's announcement follows a string of deals that more than triples the iPhone's available market, according to American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu, from 150 million in the U.S. and Europe today to roughly 470 million worldwide this summer.

[Thanks to 9to5Mac for the tip.]

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