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Turkish iPhone race

Turkey's largest mobile operator Turkcell plans to launch the 3G version of the iPhone later this year, although it has not yet revealed exactly when the handset will be available.

With Vodafone having committed back in June to bringing the Apple device to market in the second half of 2008, the race is now on to be the first to actually launch the phone.

Turkcell said it will provide further details at a later date, including prices and tariff packages.

Turkcell is the country's leading mobile player with 35.4 million customers as of 30 June and, according the country's regulator, a market share of 56% at the end of Q1. Despite its commanding lead, Turkcell is under threat from Vodafone, which has launched an aggressive assault on the market. Voda entered Turkey in May 2006 through the acquisition of Telsim, rebranding the operator last year.
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