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Brazil and 16 other Latin American countries are now offering music and movies from Apple's iTunes Store, while U.K. wireless operator O2 has come up with an iPhone leasing scheme that allow customers to rent the iPhone 4S for a year.

iTunes Brazil

AppleInsider readers in Brazil reported on Monday that music and movie sales had been added to Apple's digital storefront, joining pre-existing sales of apps and books, as well as iTunesU and podcast offerings. As expected, iTunes is prominently promoting the music of Roberto Carlos, known as the "King of Latin Music."

One surprise to Monday's launch, however, is the arrival of iTunes Match in Brazil, believed to be the first international release of Apple's new music matching service.

16 other Latin America countries have also received the iTunes Music Store: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela, according to a list compiled by MacRumors. Recent reports had said the iTunes Music Store would roll out across Latin America this month.

Apple's revenue has surged in Brazil as of late, jumping up 118 percent year over year past the $900 million mark in the September quarter. The company's growth is expected to accelerate as Foxconn readies production of the iPhone and iPad in the country. Apple's manufacturing partner has considered investing as much as $12 billion in its Brazilian facilities, though negotiations between Foxconn and the government have at times been rocky.



The iPhone 4S is set to launch in Brazil on Dec. 16, alongside launches in Russia, Taiwan Malaysia, Saudia Arabia, South Africa and the Philippines.

iPhone 4S for rent

O2 has come up with a solution for customers who want to upgrade to Apple's latest iPhone each year, but, in order to do so, interested users will have to relinquish ownership of their smartphones. The new program, dubbed O2 Lease, is being billed as the U.K.'s first smartphone leasing service, the Inquirer reported on Monday.

"This is the first time a UK mobile operator has adopted a leasing model," Sally Cowdry, marketing and consumer director at O2 said. "We know that customers and small businesses are used to leasing everyday items from cars and washing machines to photocopiers and office space. They understand how it works and what the advantages of a leasing are. We have simply taken this idea and applied it to the smartphone market."



O2 called the service "the first tariff model available to all O2 customers that reflects the lifecycle of the smartphone industry." The carrier does continue to offer subsidized purchase options for the iPhone 4S with 12-, 18- or 24-month contracts.

Customers will pay £55 ($86) a month for one year in exchange for a 16GB iPhone 4S with 750 minutes of talk time, unlimited text messages, 500MB of mobile data and insurance, according to the report. An extra £10 a month will be charged for the 32GB model. At the end of the year, the customer will return the phone to O2 and can then rent the latest model.

The scheme will initially only be available for the iPhone 4S, but could expand to other handsets if it is successful, the carrier said.

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it is Colombia. Not Columbia.
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Better value to buy your iPhone from Apple, keep it in good condition and then sell it on Amazon. You could easily get £300. That way you can take advantage of some of the sim only plans which are very competitive.
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Better value to buy your iPhone from Apple, keep it in good condition and then sell it on Amazon. You could easily get £300. That way you can take advantage of some of the sim only plans which are very competitive.

Yeah but for a small business.. depending on the tax scenario for the country they are in vs the depreciation rate.. the lease would be 100% tax deducatable vs depreciation which might be 30%. It might also be 100% (purchase under a certain value), depends on the tax rules.

That said I do agree with you.
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Wouldn't buying the Phone for employees still be expenses that is deductible from tax? Or you mean the Phone would still carry a value that will be depreciated every year in accountable terms?

If that is the case then i think the lease will be very popular among corporate customers.

I think the deal is very good, ( in UK at least ), compare to the Original 12 Month Contact, which is total 35 pounds per month, you are basically paying extra 10 pounds per month to lease the iPhone 4S.

There are only two kind of people in this world.

Those who dont understand Apple and those who misunderstood Apple.

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There are only two kind of people in this world.

Those who dont understand Apple and those who misunderstood Apple.

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After all this years........ wait is over! There is not a big selection of movies but at least practically all the music is there! It is at .99 cents the same as USA and here in my country we have been using dollars for more than 90 years.. so we don't have to exchange currency or use maths to figure out stuff.. I am so happy! But.. I have an account in USA that used for the last 4 years..
It will be good for new customers, some of us will have to keep the old account unless we can merge it with a new one from our country...
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Welcome to Peru, iTunes store
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Since Brazil is not a "latin" country, it should say "and 16 latin American countries" the word "other" is not needed.
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Since Brazil is not a "latin" country, it should say "and 16 latin American countries" the word "other" is not needed.

Where on earth do you get this peculiar notion that Brazil is not a "Latin" country?

See the the introduction in Wikipedia

"Latin America (Spanish: América Latina or Latinoamérica; Portuguese: América Latina; French: Amérique latine) is a region of the Americas where Romance languages (i.e., those derived from Latin) particularly Spanish and Portuguese, and variably French are primarily spoken.[2][3] Latin America has an area of approximately 21,069,500 km² (7,880,000 sq mi), almost 3.9% of the Earth's surface or 14.1% of its land surface area. As of 2010, its population was estimated at more than 590 million[4] and its combined GDP at 5.16 trillion United States dollars (6.27 trillion at PPP).[5] The Latin American expected economic growth rate is at about 5.7% for 2010 and 4% in 2011.[6]"

Bienvenidos a iTunes a todos nuestros amigos de America Latina!
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Roberto Carlos is very far from a title like "King of Latin Music."

Give me a break, please!
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Since Brazil is not a "latin" country, it should say "and 16 latin American countries" the word "other" is not needed.

Man, Brasil (the correct form of the name) IS a latin country. What do you think are latin countries? The ones where spanish in the main language? Did you know that italians are latin too? french people too. Search for latin people...
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Cheers! Dominican Republic is in!! Finally!!

My only complain is there's not any Slash songs, not Snakepit, not Slash's Solo Record. Hope for it very soon
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