The contract, which was signed by three European mobile operators in recent days, requires that the operators hand over to Apple 10 per cent of the revenues made from calls and data transfers by customers over iPhones.
The deal gives manufacturers of handsets for the first time a direct share of the revenues a mobile phone operator makes from calls and data transfers, marking a shift in the relationship between the parties.
Wow. If that’s true (and we’ll know within a week or two, when the next bit is supposed to be officially announced) it’s no wonder the iPhone is so important to Apple. 10% of all telephone revenue, phew.
The contract was signed by T-Mobile of Germany, Orange of France and O2 in the UK, people familiar with the situation told FT Deutschland.
Orange. Damn. Well, better than nothing, and I like changing phone numbers. Plus, it looks a lot like I won’t be able to afford it anyway.