Apple has taken a bit of a break following the last round of iPhone 3G releases in late September, but the iPhone 3G may appear in a few more countries before the end of the year. Late last week and over the weekend, two carriers announced that they have signed deals with Apple to distribute the iPhone 3G. Specifically, carriers in Thailand and Taiwan said that they have signed deals with Apple, although the details differ somewhat.
Forbes and a variety of other news sources are reporting that Chunghwa Telecom will be carrying the iPhone 3G in Taiwan. The Economic Daily says that Chunghwa Telecom got an exclusive deal, which would make sense since the carrier has a good bit of the market share in Taiwan and also has a retail presence. No pricing details have appeared yet, but Chunghwa says it will launch the device sometime in December.
An iPhone launch in Taiwan could also be a good omen for the iPhone’s arrival in China. As Macworld notes, some Taiwanese iPhone 3G news in the past suggested that language input issues were part of the delay in launching the device. The upcoming launchm combined with the Apple job posting related to international input, may mean that at least one barrier to launch has been removed.
Moving on to Thailand, Reuters is reporting that carrier True Move will be offering the iPhone 3G. Unlike Chunghwa, True Move doesn’t seem to have an exclusive distribution deal, so the iPhone 3G may also be offered by carriers Advanced Info Services (AIS) or dtac. Launch details for Thailand also have yet to be finalized, but True Move’s announcement says the device will arrive “in the coming months,” which seems to suggest a 2009 launch.