Friends of mine in the U.K. have recently been wondering aloud when the iPhone might make it across the pond.
The Financial Times attempted to answer the question overnight, reporting that Telefonica's O2 mobile phone business was poised to "clinch a deal" to become the exclusive network partner for the iPhone in the U.K.
This is the first European deal, reports FT, with others expected to follow for France and Germany.
But as in these United States, the European iPhone will not get a lane on the mobile telephony Autobahn, but rather once again be relegated to the cellular carrier slow lane (operating on 2.5G, rather than the much faster 3G).
In nearly the same breath, O2's parent company Telefonica was hit by European anti-trust regulators for a 152 million Euro fine for "gaming the broadband market" in Spain, reports The Register.
Telefonica was accused of selling wholesale broadband at retail prices. Broadband is 20 percent more expensive, and penetration 20 per cent lower, in the Spanish market.
If you so inclined to pay tribute to the expired Spanish broadband patient, social networking is now moving six feet under in the form of Respectance, an online tribute site for the expired.
Or, as some are calling it, the "MySpace for dead people."
Respectance's "About" page explains that "Respectance is the place to instantly create a personalized website where our family and friends come together to share their favorite memories and relive those irreplaceable moments."
TechCrunch's Duncan Riley respectfully observes that "the site (respectfully) does not run advertising" but instead will focus on charging for "premium services."
Me, I'm scared to death to ask what such services might be, but expect such a move could quickly move Respectance into the Web 2.0 cremation fast lane.
But hey, we all have our passing proclivities.