Half a million phones were sold on the first weekend in the US
iPhone in action
Mobile phone operator O2 is reported to have won the sought-after deal to sell Apple’s iPhone in the UK.
Press reports said that O2 is set to sign an exclusive contract shortly and should have the new phones on sale in time for Christmas.
A spokesman for O2, which is owned by Spain’s Telefonica, declined to comment on the reports.
More than 500,000 iPhones were sold in the first weekend in the US by AT&T, which has exclusive rights there.
Vodafone had previously been tipped as the likely winner of the contract.
The agreement with O2 is reported to include Apple receiving a continuing share of the revenue generated for the network operator.
The handsets are expected to be sold for about Â£300 and O2 will be hoping that the lure of the fashionable phone is enough to win customers from rival networks.