The iPhone in Spain: On again, off again

June 2, 2008, 1:49 PM UTC

What’s going on with the iPhone on the Iberian peninsula?

Although it’s the corporate home of Telefonica, S.A., (TEF) one of the world’s largest telecommunications conglomerates (it owns, among other carriers, Britain’s O2), Spain hadn’t received official word of a signed deal with Apple (AAPL) until early this morning, when a press release and an iPhone pre-registration link appeared on the home page of Movistar, the local Telefonica subsidiary.

Then, a few hours later, the pre-registration page went away and the press link disappeared. According to one report, nearly 25,000 Spaniards had signed up for the iPhone before the site closed and reverted to a generic Movistar home page.