If Apple's recent $200 8GB iPhone price drop didn't cause enough fiasco, the arrival of a 3G empowered model by Christmas will have iRate iPhone fans carrying torches and pitchforks.

Forward Concepts analyst Will Strauss believes that backdoor licensing agreements between Apple and 3G hardware makers gives strong indication the fruity phone maker will drop a 3G model down our chimneys by December.

He goes on to say that such a device has been in development in Santa Steve's workshop for several months. In Strauss's estimation the time is ripe. Alright, I'll go along with that.

Got your blood boiling yet? No, well how about this: said 3G model will be destined to Europe...not the U.S. Merry Christmas.