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MTS set for iPhone 3G launch

Russian operator MTS will launch iPhone 3G in Russia on October 3 via more than 1,400 retail stores, as well as through dealer networks, notes Telecompaper.

Disney teams with Apple

Reuters reports that Walt Disney is launching free iPhone and iPod touch applications, giving fans access to Disney content and interactive features anywhere.

SoftBank profit doubles as mobile business expands

Associated Press reports that SoftBank, which runs the only Japanese mobile operator to offer the iPhone, said profit doubled in the latest quarter as its mobile business continued to expand.

AT&T mobile subs rise on strong iPhone sales

US mobile operator AT&T added a net gain of 2.1 million subscribers in the fourth quarter of last year to reach 77 million for full-year 2008, driven by strong sales of the iPhone.

Verizon CEO still keen on the iPhone

Verizon chairman and CEO Ivan G. Seidenberg surprised investors on the firm’s third-quarter earnings call yesterday by stating that the operator had not given up hope of offering Apple’s iPhone. “This is a decision that is exclusively in Apple’s court,” said Seidenberg, reports Business Week. “We obviously would be interested in any point in the future they thought it would make sense for them to have us as a partner. And so we’ll leave it with them on that score.”

Orange UK preps iPhone offer, 3 eyes 2010 launch

Orange UK will begin the selling the iPhone from next month in time for a holiday season showdown with rival UK iPhone operator O2, reports The Guardian.

Analysts: Apple could face US1B patent claim

Apple could be faced with a bill topping US$1 billion if Nokia is successful in its legal action against the iPhone-maker over wireless patent royalties, say analysts.

Nokia sues Apple over iPhone patent royalties

Nokia has launched legal action against Apple in a US court, accusing the firm of infringing its patents in technology used in the iPhone.

AT&T hints at end to exclusive iPhone deal

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega has hinted that the operator’s exclusive deal to offer the iPhone in the US could soon be coming to an end – but was upbeat that the firm’s smartphone portfolio would continue to prosper.

AT&T earnings lifted by iPhone sales

US operator AT&T reported better-than-expected third-quarter profit today thanks to a strong showing in its mobile division, which was boosted by sales of Apple’s iPhone.