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Vodafone NZ introducing new pricing plans for Apple iPhone 3G

Posted on 8-Jul-2008 09:19 | Filed under: News

Vodafone NZ introducing new pricing plans for Apple iPhone 3G
Vodafone New Zealand has released information on pricing for its long-awaited Apple iPhone 3G handsets.

Earlier this week the company announced the Apple iPhone 3G would be priced at just NZ$199 when purchased with a twoi year contract. Vodafone had not disclosed the contract details at the time.

The mobile operator is now making available all the information for customers eager to purchase the new handset.

Apple iPhone 3G comes in two models, with 8 GB memory and 16 GB memory. Users will be able to purchase an Apple iPhone with no plan for NZ$979 and NZ$1129 respectively.

Apple iPhone specific plans are available with 250 MB, 500 MB and 1 GB monthly allowancs, with costs of NZ$80, NZ$130 and NZ$250 per month.

Those plans include 600 SMS per month and voice minutes as well: 120, 250 and 600 minutes each plan.

iPhone 3G gives users faster access to the Internet and email over their cellular network with quad-band GSM and tri-band HSDPA for voice and data connectivity around the world.

iPhone 3G will be available in more than 70 countries later this year, beginning with customer availability in 22 countries—Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the US from 11 July.

It also supports Wi-Fi and EDGE networks and automatically switches between them to ensure the fastest possible download speeds. The new iPhone allows simultaneous voice and data communications, so with iPhone 3G users can browse the web, get map directions, or check your email while you are on a call.

The new iPhone 2.0 software offers extended support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to provide over-the-air push email, contact and calendar syncing as well as remote wipe and Cisco IPsec VPN for encrypted access to corporate networks.

Included with the new iPhone 3G is the App Store, providing iPhone users with native applications in a variety of categories including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The App Store on iPhone works over cellular networks and Wi-Fi, which means it is accessible from anywhere. The App Store will be available in 62 countries at launch.

Additional features available with the iPhone 2.0 software include the ability to do real-time mapping and track location progress with GPS technology, mass move and delete multiple email messages, search for contacts, access a new scientific calculator, turn on parental control restrictions for specified content, save images directly from a web page or email them to your iPhone and transfer them back to your photo library on your Mac or PC.

Users can expect ten hours of talk time on 2G networks and five hours using 3G, with up to five to six hours of web browsing, up to seven hours for video playback and up to 24 hours for audio playback.

iPhone 3G takes advantage of MobileMe, a new Internet service that pushes email, contacts, and calendars from an online “cloud” to native applications on iPhone, iPod touch, Macs and PCs. With MobileMe email, messages are pushed instantly to iPhone, removing the need to manually check email and wait for downloads, and push keeps contacts and calendars continuously up-to-date so changes made on one device are automatically updated on other devices.

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