Local network provider Vinaphone to sell iPhone 4

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Local wireless carrier Vinaphone announced Tuesday it will distribute the new iPhone in July, news website VnExpress reported.

The announcement was made only hours after the iPhone 4 was unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in the US. The phone is expected to go on sale later this month in some countries, costing US$199-299.

Vinaphone did not disclose further details on prices and contract policies, VnExpress said.

Vietnam's telecom giants Vinaphone and Viettel began selling previous versions of the iPhone on March 26. Analysts said sales of the handset were sluggish as prices are too high for local consumers. Military-run Viettel decided to cut prices by VND1 million per phone last week.

A representative of Vinaphone was quoted by the Vietnam Economic Times as saying the company has sold 4,000 out of 5,000 imported iPhones. "We will decide whether to import more phones based on local demand," said the representative.

Another large wireless carrier, MobiFone, announced plans to sell the iPhone in Vietnam in April but has yet to enter the market segment.

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