Do Apple and carriers remember they're launching iPhone 4 in 17 more countries next week?

Steve Jobs mentioned almost in passing during the iPhone 4 press conference last week that iPhone 4 would be available on July 30 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland.

That's all well and good but it's also now less than a week away and at least in Canada Apple still hasn't updated its online store to say anything other than "coming soon", nor have their carrier partners Rogers, Bell, and Telus.

No pre-orders have been offered. No FAQs or "blogger guy" videos on how carrier upgrades or subsidies will be handled. Apple will also be selling iPhone 4 unlocked for the first time in many of the above countries but for anyone willing to pay full price there's still the small matter of getting a MicroSIM to go with it and having that MicroSIM activated with a new or existing account. For those not eager or able to cut down their old MiniSIM, no information on that is available either.

Apple has a lot on their plate right now. They're selling iPhone 4 as fast as they can make them and if they're having trouble supplying the few countries already launched, 17 more could be tight beyond belief. Negotiations with carriers might also be ongoing. It's even possible Apple is trying to make sure carriers dig deep to offer early upgrades and keep data open and affordable. All of that could be going on in the back corridors and boardrooms up until the 11th hour.

But it stresses consumers. A phone is a big purchase, a contract a huge commitment. Sooner is better.

We'd like to know, frankly, so we can get on with the crazier aspects of impending Apple launches -- will the antenna be tweaked, will white models be available? Will Apple Stores be opening early? Who's going to have what in stock where?

If you're in one of the above countries and waiting for iPhone 4 to launch next week, let us know if you've been able to get any information yet. If not are you buying no matter what, or holding off until you hear?

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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Heath says:

Nothing in Australia either. Makes it frustrating and hard to plan how you are going to go about your purchase.

Justine says:

I'm currently on Optus in Australia and existing customers are able to pre-order a microSIM which will supposedly be posted before the 28th, but no plans or other information has been announced yet :/

Shizzle says:

I pre-ordered an iphone 4 on the 20th of july in the netherlands as an new customer on t-mobile. I should get it the 30th if im lucky.

Angry Canuck says:

My source at Rogers says launch will be July 30th as has been speculated but told me supply is going to be very limited on launch day.

Blacksmp says:

Sweden: date is communicated. Prices are announced to come early next week. All carriers that will carry Iphone has micro-SIM options in place. No preorders för The major carriers. Some new all-inclusive plans announced but it will be possiible with other plans as well. Tethering has been allowed from day one of Iphone support

Mats says:

No information in Sweden.

Michael says:

Ireland.. Hearing nothing but pure speculation here. All stores are carrying the same line, they're expecting it soon but know nothing concrete. One o2 employee told me to expect an announcement on Monday at the latest, Sounds like supply will be very limited here too. No price plans announced

Roberto says:

The italian website for the official apple store (http://www.apple.com/it/retail/romaest/ ) has been updated today and it says the shops will be open from 7am. There are only 2 in Italy (Rome and Milan), still no clue for what concerns apple premium reseller all around the country.
I am starting to think that I might not be able to get mine on the 30th (not cool as I already sold my other iPhone and don't have any other phone :-P), and looking at the rest of Europe's waiting times for online orders the situation DOES NOT look bright.
Very disappointed with not being able to pre-order (probably has to do with shortages) and my carrier still does hasn't come out with any info on the microsims...)

Rob says:

Same happened in UK really, we could pre order only unlocked phones and didn't get carriers till a week later. Apple should remember that they now sell more iPhones internationally than USA

excaliburca says:

@Rene:
In Canada both Telus and Bell have "coming July 30th" pages up and have for a while now:
http://promotions.telus.com/registration/index.aspx?phonetype=iphone&langpref=en (as of July 20th)
http://register.bell.ca/?INT=MOBshoplandingBANiPhone420100609lm_all (as of July 16th)

DigiCol says:

Not a sniff of information here in Ireland. All the carriers (Vodafone, O2 & Three) only have a register your interest page on their websites. No info on Pricing, Plans or upgrade elegibility to be found anywhere. iPad was officially released here in Ireland today so maybey they (Apple) wanted to get that launched before announcing iPhone 4 so it wouldn't steal iPads Thunder so to speak. Or the carriers know that stock will be seriously limited and don't want to announce pe-orders too early to stop a barrage of orders with no supply available. Whatever the reason I for one am sick waiting for news. I've been holding onto my upgrade for nearly five months waiting for this. Hopefully we'll have some news sooner rather than later :(

DigiCol says:

ot a sniff of information here in Ireland. All the carriers (Vodafone, O2 & Three) only have a register your interest page on their websites. No info on Pricing, Plans or upgrade elegibility to be found anywhere. iPad was officially released here in Ireland today so maybey they (Apple) wanted to get that launched before announcing iPhone 4 so it wouldn’t steal iPads Thunder so to speak. Or the carriers know that stock will be seriously limited and don’t want to announce pe-orders too early to stop a barrage of orders with no supply available. Whatever the reason I for one am sick of waiting for news. I’ve been holding onto my upgrade for nearly five months waiting for this. Hopefully we’ll have some news sooner rather than later

Poshpantspaddy says:

No there's no info available here in ireland either

Steve Doherty says:

Minimal info here in Australia. "Coming soon" style blurbs on various carrier websites. I'll be very curious as to what will eventuate.
I'm hoping I'll be eligible for an upgrade, but I'm not sure. I'll need a new micro-sim as well. I'll post more when I know.
Steve

Jareth says:

Singapore had announced it will be releasing it next Friday, but no other news. No preorders and no venue was said where to buy it.
Neither was the price plan told, too.

Kalle says:

Yet no information in Finland :(

fastlane says:

I'm in the United States. I can't wait for the black ones to come to my area. :roll:

Brenden Donaher says:

Here in Canada just the "coming the 30th pages on Bell and Telus" and an internal memo for Rogers. As far as MicroSIMs go, we should be ok, as they already offer them for iPads. No Pre-order or anything though. I am thinking we will hear some stuff early in the week as the whole case debacle is up and running, so they can now re-focus their attention.

Alex says:

The only additional information that I have for Canada is that a Bell representative said that the 16GB iPhone 4 is going to be $170 and the 32GB one will be $270, that is with a 3-year contract though.

MojoVersion8 says:

Optus customer here as well, ordered my "2-in-1" SIM as mentioned by someone else already, but I would add that the email about it suggested to order it by the 25th (maybe more iphone 4 details will be available then), also Giz has posted that Optus will be holding a midnight launch thursday 29th so it sounds likely that we're still getting the phone on the 30th: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/07/optus-holding-midnight-iphone-4-launch...

Mike says:

We really have no news in Canada. I'm getting one no matter what, just hoping they won't all be sold out.

Hakala says:

@Angry Canuck -- I don't think having an "inside" source makes anything you just said more believable. Anyone here at TiPb who's been following even for just a few days could have easily made that prediction. Just so you know, supply has been limited EVERYWHERE!

Niall says:

Here in Ireland nobody knows anything.
I asked in a Vodafone store this morning and was told it would be sometime in October, and will only get 2 or 3 phones per store???

parabel says:

No information in Switzerland yet, except that all the three Swiss carriers are now selling the iPhone. But I'll wait for next year's model anyway since my contract still has a year left.

Dennon says:

I remind you that Spain is in the list. Next 30 iPhine 4 must be here. Our carriers, mute. Thanks!

Surprised One says:

It's a bit too much for Apple, pretty screwed their launches this year. iPads launched today but not available to order online ( check HKG or Austria). iPhone 4 white = a mess. So proud on the antenna design and later have to cover it to make the phone working as a phone. Sounds more like Dell than like Apple

DscheyH says:

Switzerland: no official news from any of the three providers. Read only about a rumor that Sunrise will sell the iPhone 4 online in July 30 starting at midnight and in the stores at 8h am. .

Lachlan says:

I'm in Australia and am an Optus business customer. I was also sent an email allowing me to pre-order a microsim so I am iPhone 4 ready.
https://optus2n1sim.com/

Pauli says:

Same in Switzerland -no news from Apple or the local carriers Swisscom, Sunrise and Orange. However. an attendant at an Orange shop yesterday hinted at 'slippage' into August without specifying a date. No reasons given. Very frustrating!

lanceanz says:

Still "coming soon" and "notify me" in New Zealand. Still, the iPad is released as of Friday but you'd barely know it from the Apple NZ site. It's only available from reseller stores (we don't have Apple Stores). Vodafone however has a 3GB iPad plan for $50/month so it's pretty certain that there'll be more affordable data plans for the iPhone 4 than exist for the 3GS.

Örjan Larsson says:

Most (soon all) carrier here in Sweden have told about iPhone 4 coming 30 july, and there is a very large interest
None have given pricing, and some have hinted that its because Apple havent made a final deal with them yet.

Johan says:

Sweden is ready to go as Blacksmp said earlier. I've received news letters from two of the major service providers over here (Telia and Three) that they'll release the iPhone 4 on the 30th, and other providers are announcing on their web.
There is one provider that has announced a price for it, Telenor, and it's not cheap in any way. 699SEK/month for a 24 month contract, which is approx $99/month, for that you get unlimited calls, sms, mms and data. They are also accepting pre-orders. Other providers, Telia, Three and Tele2, are still dealing with Apple or is awaiting answer from them.

sprinkles says:

Canada no new info. This has to be Apple's worst launch ever!

Jaxon says:

Finland: Only information from the only carrier that is offerinf iPhone in finland (Sonera) that the sales will start this month (assuming next week). No pre-orders, no pre-order lists yet. No information on whether Apple is selling carrier-free versions in Finland. Hate the wait but I'm deffinetaly going to get my iPhone 4, which means I will be scrolling through few sites and Sonera's (our carrier) facebook- and webpages until I can order one. Hopefully this will be over soon.

Glenn says:

No news in New Zealand. VodafoneNZ have confirmed (over twitter) they will be carrying them as of the 30th, but no preorder, no prices, no information.
They are getting a slating on their twitter stream (search @vodafonenz) but I think we can see that it's Apple holding things up.

Rolande Dike says:

Hmm, I think it is easy to convert potential customers if you are presenting something they want. For example, Spotify is offering an incredibly compelling product. That page could say just anything, and people would click around until they understood to gain access to the music. Show me an example of a website with no core product and I challenge you to design an interface that keeps people around. Long story short, people by and large don't care about the layout or colors nearly as much as what is being offered through the site.