Some activity among iPhone carriers this week includes Virgin emerging as the fourth Australian provider, cheaper ownership for Japanese users and the iPhone for Russia should hit in 2009.
Citing the leader of Apple's Russian distributors a local report claims the iPhone will ship in Russia next year, with Megafona already saying it is in negotiations to carry the device.
Though not yet available in Russia, the country has one of the highest concentrations of iPhone users in the world on account of the burgeoning grey market for the device.
In Japan, Softbank Corp, Japan's third-biggest mobile phone operator, said on Tuesday it will cut its monthly fees for the iPhone, reducing these in order that customers pay as little as 2,990 yen a month to use the device, down from 7,280 yen before.
In Australia, Virgin Mobile Australia has become the fourth carrier to offer the iPhone 3G, joining Vodafone, Optus and Telstra. The company offers various plans, but all with a free iPhone.
Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone in multiple additional markets later this month as its global iPhone roll-out continues.