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O2 prepares for iPhone stampede

Reports say 1,400 extra staff hired


An iPhone in hand

The iPhone’s stunning touch screen display.

Mobile phone giant O2 is reported to have taken on more than a thousand extra staff as it prepares for this week’s launch of the Apple iPhone.

The iPhone will go on sale at some 1,300 O2, Apple and Carphone Warehouse stores on Friday at 6pm.

Carphone Warehouse has said it could sell up to 10,000 iPhones on Friday and O2 is also gearing itself up to deal with huge public demand for the £269 handset.

The company is believed to have taken on 1,400 staff at its customer service centres and high-street stores, and ordered hundreds of thousands of handsets.

iPhone tariffs

After the £269 upfront cost, customers will sign an 18-month contract with O2 on a tariff of either £35, £45 or £55 per month.

The £35 tariff includes up to 200 minutes and 200 text messages a month. This rises to 600 minutes and 500 texts for the £45 tariff and 1,200 minutes and 500 texts for the £55 tariff.

Apple has said it wants to sell 10 million iPhones globally during 2008.

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