1,400 extra staff are called up for iPhone launch


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1,400 extra staff are called up for iPhone launch

One of the most eagerly awaited gadgets goes on sale on Friday - and mobile firm O2 has taken on 1,400 staff to help cope with demand for Apple's new iPhone.

The hi-tech handset works as a touch-screen mobile phone, internet browser and iPod and costs £269 plus an 18-month O2 contract at between £35 and £55 a month.

It will be available from Apple, O2 and Carphone Warehouse who will be opening stores until 11pm to meet demand.

The iPhone is sleeker than rivals such as the Blackberry and Treo, and the 8 gigabyte version of the gadget holds up to 1,825 songs.

Some 1.1million of the phones have been sold in the U.S. since the end of June and it is understood that "several hundred thousand" have already been ordered in Britain.

O2 fought off stiff competition from rivals in the UK to win the exclusive contract to offer iPhones on its network.

The deal is understood to have involved a unique arrangement where Apple will take a share of call income.

The iPhone is controlled entirely through a touchscreen and has been a hit with celebrities such as Demi Moore.

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