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Topic # 85153 14-Jun-2011 22:49 Send private message

Finally, Apple now sells the iPhone 4 unlocked in the US.

Pricing (before tax):

16GB: US$649 (NZ$792 approx.)
32GB: US$749 (NZ$915 approx.)

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC603LL/A?mco=MjI4NTM2NTM




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  Reply # 481238 14-Jun-2011 22:55 Send private message

I don't really keep up with all things Apple but that's a nice ~$400 NZD difference to the price of the iPhone 4 in the apple nz store. 

The US sales tax rate depends on which state I presume?



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  Reply # 481263 14-Jun-2011 23:46 Send private message

Yes, all states vary. Allow 8% as a ballpark

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  Reply # 481586 15-Jun-2011 18:48 Send private message

This, along with Vodafone NZ recently reducing their contract subsidy and the success of the iPad, suggest that Apple is becoming more carrier agnostic. This can only be a good thing in my view, as it gives consumers greater freedom to select a telco that suits their needs. 

Hopefully it may eventually bring down the exorbitant price that contract-free purchasers are subjected to in NZ, and make contract-free iPhones available in major retail stores.

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  Reply # 481587 15-Jun-2011 18:50 Send private message

alasta: This, along with Vodafone NZ recently reducing their contract subsidy and the success of the iPad, suggest that Apple is becoming more carrier agnostic.


Not to mention iMessage which *should* replace SMS for those whose circle includes only iOS devices. 

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  Reply # 481590 15-Jun-2011 19:02 Send private message

gehenna:
alasta: This, along with Vodafone NZ recently reducing their contract subsidy and the success of the iPad, suggest that Apple is becoming more carrier agnostic.


Not to mention iMessage which *should* replace SMS for those whose circle includes only iOS devices. 


Given the poor reliability of SMS I think that iMessage is a fantastic feature on the face of it, but unfortunately very few of my contacts have iOS devices so it could be a while before it's really useful. 

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  Reply # 481597 15-Jun-2011 19:17 Send private message

alasta: Hopefully it may eventually bring down the exorbitant price that contract-free purchasers are subjected to in NZ, and make contract-free iPhones available in major retail stores.


Contract free iPhones have been available in at least one major retailer for a while. I got my iPhone 4 off contract from Noel Leeming back in February.

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