The KoreaTimes has heard that talks over sales volumes are underway and that KT is set to sell the new devices to its bigger local corporate clients as a "litmus test" in April. It plans to provide the new iPhones to local distributors in June.
"We don't see any bigger hurdle to introduce 4G iPhones here, as legal issues were completely cleared. Its possible to launch the devices within the first half," a high-ranking KT executive told The Korea Times, asking not to be identified.
"Still, there are some 3G iPhone stocks. But KT and Apple have reached a broad consensus to introduce the advanced models as early as possible," according to the executive.
The 4G iPhones will reportedly be equipped with OLED screens, live video chat functionality, dual core processors, more powerful graphic chips, as well as higher video resolutions and better "still" images. A removable battery is also highly likely.
If this report is accurate, Apple may be trying to counter the rush of new smartphones such as the Google Nexus One device.
Update*: French site Challenges.fr has heard from "several mobile operators" that the next iPhone will launch in May.