iPhone to go on sale in Vietnam next week

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Two local wireless carriers Wednesday announced they will start selling the iPhone on March 26, ending speculation that they were not able to meet requirements by Apple Inc..

According to both Vinaphone and Viettel, they will distribute all three iPhone models 3G-8G, 3GS-16G and 3GS-32G. They said the prices will be attractive but did not provide more details.

Ho Duc Thang, deputy general director of Vinaphone, was quoted by the Vietnam Economic Times as saying the company will sell international versions of the phone together with four different data plans for customers to choose from.

Viettel said in a statement that it will also sell contract-free iPhones.

The carriers said all iPhones will be sold with a 12-month warranty.

The iPhone has not been formally distributed in Vietnam although unlocked iPhones have been brought into the country and sold widely at up to US$1,000 per unit. The iPhone 3GS, the latest model, is sold in the US for $199- 299 along with plans.

Vinaphone, MobiFone and Viettel, three largest mobile phone service providers in Vietnam, said in January they had all inked deals with Apple Inc. to distribute the iPhone in Vietnam.

But after two months without any progress, many people began to question the deals.

The newswire VnExpress early this month reported that local carriers were possibly having difficulties in meeting many of Apple's requirements on pricing, promotion and after sale policies. The report also said Viettel was not really happy with its iPhone deal.

MobiFone said this week it plans to sell the iPhone in April, according to news website Dan Tri.

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