And Apple is further extending its reach with the multi-touch enabled cell phone. The Apple iPhone is now available in Austria through T-Mobile and in Ireland via the O2 network. The popular cell phone has already been available in the United States for some time now and it has also launched in several European countries like France and Germany.
It was only a matter of time before “das iPhone” showed up in Austria and the luck of the Irish brought the iPhone over to Ireland as well. The pricing, unfortunately, is a fair bit higher than what Americans are paying for the exact same handset. The 8GB model sells for 399 Euro, whereas the 16GB version goes for 499 Euro. That works out to about US$777 for the 16-gigger.
To make matters even more expensive, the Austrian version of the iPhone cannot be loaded with unlimited data. The best plan is 39 Euro a month and it gets you 3GB of data, 1000 minutes, and free WiFi. You can step that up to 55 Euro to get the same 3 gigs, 3000 minutes, and 1000 text messages.