Channel Nine this evening ran a story on its 6:00 bulletin claiming that a “leading IT website” has announced that it is “Optus who won the battle to bring Apple’s iPhone to Australia.”
To add insult to injury, the image used by the Microsoft-affiliated Network Nine to compliment the story, depicted an iPhone running Windows XP. This was complete with Bliss background, windows taskbar, and Internet Explorer displaying the Ninemsn.com.au website. Apple’s Mail icon interestingly was been replaced by Parallels, a program used on the Mac to run Windows via a process called virtualisation. Nice.
Investigation shows that Cnet.com.au is the “leading IT website” that Nine is alluding to. Yet the article in question is no more conclusive than any of the other plentiful rumour websites. Cnet claims that “Optus is confirmed to be one of several Australian mobile service providers to be selling Apple’s iPhone.” This certainly isn’t what one might describe as ‘winning the battle’ for the iPhone.
The Sydney Morning Herald and later, SBS World News also jumped at the Optus story, providing little more details than Cnet, and just like Network Nine, failed to directly link to their source at Cnet.
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