How about 29 new international iTunes Stores?

May 27th, 2008
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Apple’s new agreement with Stockholm-based TeliaSonera will bring the iPhone to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland—which already have iTunes Stores—and Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which don’t.

That takes care of half of the countries with iTunes Stores but which hadn’t yet announced iPhone carriers, and raises the number of announced countries without iTunes Stores to 29, as noted earlier.

It’s possible Apple might use the App Store alone to register all these international customers, since creating that many new iTunes Stores would be a tremendous amount of work. But rolling out the App Store to all those countries will also involve a tremendous amount of work. Either way, Apple’s about to get very busy. (Good thing they’ve been taking it easy lately.)

Update: Added Hong Kong and Macau to the list. 5/29/2008

Here’s the updated list of countries, carriers, and whether those countries already have iTunes Stores:

Country Carrier Already has iTunes Store?
Argentina Claro no
Australia Optus & Vodafone Yes
Austria One & T-Mobile Yes
Belgium Mobistar Yes
Brazil Claro no
Canada Rogers Yes
Chile Claro no
Colombia Comcel no
Czech Republic Vodafone no
Denmark TeliaSonera Yes
Dominican Republic Claro & Orange no
Ecuador Porta no
Egypt Mobinil & Vodafone no
El Salvador Claro no
Estonia TeliaSonera no
Finland TeliaSonera Yes
France Orange Yes
Germany T-Mobile Yes
Greece Vodafone Yes
Guatemala Claro no
Honduras Claro no
Hong Kong Hutchison no
India Bharti Airtel & Vodafone no
Ireland O2 Yes
Italy Telecom Italia & Vodafone Yes
Jamaica Claro & MiPhone no
Jordan Orange no
Japan Yes
Latvia TeliaSonera no
Lithuania TeliaSonera no
Luxembourg Yes
Macau Hutchison no
Mexico Telcel no
Netherlands Yes
New Zealand Vodafone Yes
Nicaragua Claro no
Norway TeliaSonera Yes
Paraguay Claro no
Peru Claro no
Philippines Globe Telecom no
Poland Orange no
Portugal Optimus & Vodafone Yes
Puerto Rico Claro no
Romania Orange no
Singapore SingTel Mobile no
Slovakia Orange no
South Africa Vodacom no
Spain Yes
Sweden TeliaSonera Yes
Switzerland Orange Yes
Turkey Vodafone no
UK O2 Yes
Uruguay Claro no