America Movil, the largest network provider in Latin America is to bring the 3G iPhone to 10 more countries this month.
The deal was signed in May and as of 22 August, America Movil will be peddling the JesusPhone in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
The company is already hawking the iPhone in Mexico, which saw the launch of the 3G phone at the same time as numerous other countries on July 11. At the time of the Mexico announcement, both Apple and America Movil dropped hints that the telecommunications company would be offering the handset in a number of other countries in the coming months.
Apple mentioned Argentina, Brazil, Central America, Chile, Colombia and the Dominican Republic in the release but remained vague on the launch date, maintaining it would be “later this year.”
“We’re excited to be working with América Móvil, the wireless leader in Latin America," said Tim Cook, Apple’s COO. “iPhone 3G is an amazing product and we think mobile users across Latin America will love it as much as we do.”
América Móvil’s COO, Carlos Cárdenas said the company was entering an exciting communication phase with the launch of iPhone 3G and believed the move to offer the 3G handset in Latin America would offer a better network experience for it’s customers.
The network provider’s main competitor, Spanish Telefonica SA, is also planning to distribute the iPHone later this month. Pricing for the handset or details of data plans are not available from either company as of yet.