I spotted an article in the Financial Times last night which said Apple has succeeded in persuading 3 mobile operators to sell the iPhone in Europe using the same revenue share as AT&T in the US.
The operators are set officially to announce the partnerships at the IFA trade fair in Berlin at the end of August
The article goes on to say that
[Apple] will continue the roll-out elsewhere in Europe next year, when it will also launch in Asia
Damn! I realise it is unlikely but is there any chance the UK O2 launch will include Ireland?