The Vodafone Group this morning revealed itself to have reached a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten countries in a filing put through to investors.

The company says that “starting later in 2008”, it will offer the iPhone in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey.

"Vodafone Australia is enormously pleased to be included in the agreement to sell the iPhone to our customers later this year," Vodafone Australia chief executive Russell Hewitt said.

In related news, Milan-based Telecom Italia will also sell the iPhone in Italy by the end of the year, it said in a separate statement today.

While partners remain reticent on Apple’s much-rumoured 3G iPhone plans, the news reveals the company to be working hard to extend the addressable markets in which it offers the device.