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June 11, 2008

SingTel to bring home 3G iPhone

Singapore Telecommunications said on Tuesday it will offer Apple Inc's latest iPhone that runs on third-generation mobile technology in Singapore later this year.

SingTel did not provide a date for the release or pricing for the new iPhone, though.

StarHub , the city-state's second-largest telecoms firm, said SingTel's iPhone deal would not be exclusive.

"We expect all three operators in Singapore to have the iPhone by the end of the year. Smart consumers will know that the best deals will arrive when all three operators are marketing the phone," a StarHub spokeswoman told Reuters in an email.

MobileOne Ltd is the smallest operator, holding about a third of the domestic market.

SingTel said last month that its mobile associates - Bharti Airtel Ltd , Globe Telecom Inc and Australian unit Optus - will also bring Apple's iPhone to India, Australia and the Philippines later this year.

Apple on Monday unveiled the long-awaited 3G iPhone that will sell for as low as $199 in the United States - half the current entry-level price - as it targets the mass market.

The new phone offers faster Internet access and improved e-mail features for business users. The new device will go on sale on July 11 in 22 countries and regions, expanding to 70 by year-end.

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