Australia have long been the victim of delayed engineering and releases. Games, appliances and other "new" engineering are introduced weeks, sometimes calendar months after their release in the United States & Europe. The release of Apple's iPhone is no exclusion -- Commonwealth Of Australia have been given a very indeterminate release day of the month of "sometime in 2008". No specific one-fourth was mentioned.
With a Europe-wide release slated for late 2007, it's a wonderment why Commonwealth Of Australia & Oceanica have got been excluded from this release period. The hold could be explained by troubled dialogues with Australian bearers & Apple. Telstra's trading operations chief, Greg Winn, recently stated that he sees "significant operation challenges" for the iPhone and proposes that Apple should "stick to their knitting" -- referring to that Apple are not a mobile telephone maker and should lodge to what they make best, making computing machines and mass media players. This translates to bad news for Australians with any hope of seeing the iPhone in Commonwealth Of Commonwealth Of Australia -- Telstra is the lone web that supports the edge network, the primary connexion that the iPhone utilizes for web surfing and ocular voicemail.
With Telstra not as enthusiastic with taking the iPhone on board, Apple may be waiting for a 3G version of the iPhone to be developed before they let go of it in Australia, Asia & Oceania. Three would be a likely campaigner as it's network is primarily run via 3G, but studies propose that Vodafone is looking to come in dialogues with Apple.
Until it's belated 2008 release though, there are many unlocking methods available for the impatient. While unlocking the iPhone is an incredibly hazardous procedure (you are effectively flushing your $500 investing down the drainage if you don't cognize what you're doing), it lets for it's most basic mathematical functions to be used.