O2′s exclusive deal to provide Apple’s iPhone handset in the UK will end after Orange announced that it would be selling the device later this year.
In a brief statement by the company, Orange said that it had agreed a deal with the US computer company to provide the iPhone to British customers.
Pricing plans or exact dates have not yet been released, although Orange did confirm that the iPhone will be available through its webshop, telesales channels and high street stores.
O2 has had exclusivity on the iPhone for the past two years, selling more than one million units, with more than 20 million being sold worldwide.
The deal will come as a big boost to Orange, which is set to merge with the UK arm of T-Mobile in the near future, which could make the iPhone available to a nearly 49 million mobile phone users across Britain.