3 Italy Runs Out of 3G Handsets
By Mala Eskola, Fri Sep 05 07:45:00 GMT 2003

New subscribers keen to try out 3 Italy's 3G services will have to wait at least until the end of the month. The Reason? No phones...

After only six months of operations, 3 Italy fails to meet demand for 3G phones. According to Vincenzo Novari, the Chief Executive of 3 Italia, the stock will be replenished only in the end of September when its current handset suppliers, NEC and Motorola, ship the new Motorola A835 and NEC 616 hansets. This brand damaging delay certainly opens door for Vodafone Italy and TIM who are ready to jump on the 3G opportunity. As witnessed with 3 Italy the demand is certainly there - "If we'd had 500,000 handsets, we would have had 500,000 clients."