VodaFone’s UK division is one of the few carriers who currently offer the HTC HD2. Unfortunately, it looks like the critter’s tenure at the carrier is all but over – consumer sales have just been stopped.
The official statement reads as follows:
We won’t be re-stocking the HTC HD2 for general consumer sales once our current devices sell out. There’s been a great deal of interest since we made the HTC HD2 available to buy in November and our initial supply quickly sold out. With subsequent deliveries of stock we’ve prioritised the fulfilment of back orders for the device.[/size] [size="2"]Given the wide and expanding range of smartphones available to Vodafone customers, including the iPhone in early 2010, we’re confident that we continue to offer the broadest range of devices to our customers, more details of which can be found at http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/mobile-phones/all-phones
Being in the industry for some time, I can say that Apple is very likely involved in this decision. Austrian carriers who sell the iPhone are known to be forced to pay loads and loads of money for Apple-mandated ads for the phone – without being able to influence the contents.
The reason why Hutchison is not carrying the iPhone outside of Italy is similar: if Apple is in a weak situation, they can be brought to reason. But if we are looking at an iPhone-crazy market like the UK, well,…