Last week I was speculating over whether I could use the new iPod Touch as a PDA. Unfortunately, having read the Ars Technica review it seems not – although it regards the browsing support as better than the Nokia N800 it confirmed that the calendar function on the iPod Touch has been crippled, giving it the read only functionality available elsewhere in the iPod line, rather than the full read/write calendar available on the iPhone. I assume this is in part to try and protect the iPhone market, but then as a result I’ll probably not buy either, so there are some customers that they’ve lost through this. Bizarrely it is only the calendar application that is crippled – contacts does allow you to edit records.

Anyway, hype is building up in anticipation of the expected iPhone launch tomorrow in London. The Guardian today reports that O2 have got the UK rights, with Orange and T-Mobile getting rights in other European markets.

Interestingly it seems that Apple played off the four major networks in the UK against each other, so that at certain points all of them thought they had an exclusive deal. Vodafone walked away when they realised that they couldn’t get a Europe wide deal.

Interestingly Carphone Warehouse is on board to sell the iPhone through it’s stores, so perhaps Apple aren’t as confident in the O2 retail network. There is also a good deal of speculation as to quite how O2 hope to make any money out of the deal at all since Apple have retained the same stringent controls over pricing, and also upgrading their network to support EDGE – unless of course the other big announcement tomorrow will be a 3G iPhone… Now if I were an American early adopter and they did that I’d be really annoyed!

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