iPhone Will Go To O2 (UK), Possibly Ireland?

Reading the news this morning it looks like O2 are about the sign on as Apple’s UK partner for the iPhone possibly suggesting that I wouldn’t have to switch operator if the same were to happen in Ireland. The BBC and Washington Post are reporting that O2 have beaten Vodafone to the punch and that O2 should have the iPhone for sale before Christmas. One interesting fact is that Apple are said to enjoy a continuous revenue share from O2 based on income raised from the sale of and continuous use of the iPhone on the O2 network.