The Improved iPhone Tackles Europe

Apple's new 3G handset has tantalizing multimedia features, but for the Continent's consumers, the price is still on the high side
France's Prime minister Francois Fillon shows his Iphone to French Justice minister Rachida Dati during the weekly session of the Questions to the government, 18 December 2007 at the French National assembly in Paris. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

Even before Apple's iPhone 3G hits stores across much of Europe on July 11, the highly anticipated handset has already run into a few problems. On July 7, a mad rush of British consumers looking to preorder the phone with network operator O2 (TEF) caused the company's Web site to crash. "We've never seen any mobile device create [such] excitement," says Ronan Dunne, O2's chief executive in Britain.

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