Vodafone Plc announced on Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Apple, Inc to sell its iPhone device in ten countries and two carriers in Italy.
Later this year, the iPhone will on sale for use on Vodafone networks in Australia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey.
Separately, Italian carrier Italia SpA said it will also sell the phone by the end of the year. Until now, Apple had limited distribution of its device to one carrier per country.
The iPhone deal extends Apple's reach for its device globally. It is already on sale in the U.S., U.K., Germany and France.
Potential deals in China with China Mobile have stalled because of revenue sharing details which the company has not accepted. Apple's standard distribution deal in the U.S. and other countries calls for receiving a cut of monthly subscription fees.
Apple has set a goal for selling 10 million iPhones in its first year to capture 1 percent of the world's mobile phone market.