iPhone 3G Launch Date: June 9th?

According to Gizmodo, people "in the know" have let slip that the launch date for the iPhone 3G is quite a bit closer than we had thought: June 9th. The launch will be followed up by a nearly immediate release of the iPhone 3G for sale -- that's right away folks. Worldwide availability will follow very quickly with some mysterious "new sales policies."

Last thing's first: Giz believes that these new 'policies' will be more tightly integrated deals like "point-based upgrades, discounts for switchers, and service based subvention packages." We humbly submit another idea: have you noticed that there has been a avalanche of carrier announcements worldwide in recent weeks. It's becoming clear that Apple wants to sell this thing on as many carriers as possible as is much less likely to set up exclusives.

What if, and we're just saying what if here, what if the iPhone 3G is unlocked by default. You take it home, you plug it into iTunes, and it offers to set you up with the carrier of your choice in your country (provided they've set it up with Apple) and a rebate check. If you're not interested, no worries, the just get it set up with iTunes and stick your SIM in there.

First thing's last: June 9th?! That's much earlier than we expected, but we sure as heck aren't complaining!

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Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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iPhone 3G Launch Date: June 9th?

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I am already in line at Rogers! Or the hopefully-soon-to-open Montreal Apple Flagship Store! Or wherever I can get one of these babies!
(Not really, but I have a lawnchair picked out for June...)

Dude the phone is awesome just needs some minor adjustments that the 3.0 update will bring i soooo can't wait for the update!!!!!!!

3.0 will rock, apple phone is far more advanced than any other product on the market. Remember this phone is 10 years in the making. Billions went into this.