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# 23796 9-Jul-2008 09:37
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If you, like me, have anticipated the iPhone for some months, and been hugely disappointed by the filthy cost of the Vodafone pricing, there is a panacea.

Simply don't buy one.

Sure you can vote on a web-based opinion poll, but this is likely to go unheard. If you want to speak and be noticed, simply speak with your wallet ... by keeping it closed.

If the anticipated iPhone 3G is anything like what happened with the premiere release, Apple will most likely announce a 32GB version in the coming few months, supplying missing features like increased storage, video and MMS capabilities, and do the same as it did last time, leaving consumers clamouring for a rebate voucher, and a handset with the expected features.

It is not forseeable for such a huge price reduction this time, but consumers have bouyed themselves for increased features, particularly the glaringly missing larger capacity storage.

The filthy price of the iPhone, a pseudo gimmicky business device at best, will be staying in store for now, and certainly not on my fixed assets register or credit card statement.

Again, Speak with your wallet if you want change.





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# 145258 9-Jul-2008 09:40
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Oooops, updating...

Apple said the phone would cost $199 with a plan in most countries. You can always buy the phone at full price and add your own plan. It is on the Vodafone site.

The "$250 a month, $6000 a year" plan is only if you select that specific plan for a $199 handset. If you buy it full price you can select a You Choose plan with less voice and a mobile broadband plan with more or less data as you need. But only if you are entitled to resign your current contract.

Yes, bad move Vodafone...






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  # 145271 9-Jul-2008 09:58
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Well I know that I for one won't be buying an iPhone from Vodafone New Zealand.

It's simply beyond what I can afford.

 
 
 
 


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  # 145315 9-Jul-2008 11:55
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ahmad: Well I know that I for one won't be buying an iPhone from Vodafone New Zealand.

It's simply beyond what I can afford.


I like alot of others probably can afford it. I have the money in the bank. But I don't think this price (the Total Cost of Ownership) represents value for my money. To me it seems I would be lining the pockets of overpaid corporate lackies, so I'll wait.



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  # 145922 10-Jul-2008 09:04
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Yeah its quite pricey.
Imagine forking out $6000 for device and plan for something you can't even change the battery on!
What a complete rip.

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  # 145930 10-Jul-2008 09:14
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The fact they arn't allowing a prepay option really shows the greed, they are FORCING you into a data plan either way you look at it. What if you dont want a data plan, and just like the looks, usability of the device? too bad! if you want one your stuck to a >12 month plan and data that you might not use.

edit: upon reading this thread it seems as if you can use it on prepay!?!?!?

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  # 145934 10-Jul-2008 09:21
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garvani: The fact they arn't allowing a prepay option really shows the greed, they are FORCING you into a data plan either way you look at it. What if you dont want a data plan, and just like the looks, usability of the device? too bad! if you want one your stuck to a >12 month plan and data that you might not use.


Just to correct the many people who seem to think this, as you're not entirely correct.

The iPhone *is* available on prepay and you can use your prepay SIM in it. The issue is that there is no way to use data on a prepay connection so you will not be able to use any of the data features of the phone via Vodafone but can use the WiFi (Tomizone are even giving you 3 months free WiFi at present in the iPhone / iPod touch).
 
If you want the phone simply for it's looks then you can pop along to a store, fork out the $900 odd for an iphone and be using it tomorrow on a prepay connection for voice calls and sms.



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  # 145936 10-Jul-2008 09:23
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yeah i just read that thread! interesting! thanks

 
 
 
 


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  # 145951 10-Jul-2008 09:46
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I'm just going to make sure it's unlocked and not branded and the APN is not hard locked down and then if it fits those requirements i'll probably grab one for "development" reasons., iHave heard of the browser crashing with a large image, I think iCan get into this one the same way it appears. (iMust dig up supersim again too)

Yes you can shove it on prepay from what is mentioned which I may do for the time being, it's only the 3g mobile data is dependent on the suitable on-account plan. Same goes for blackberry, they are simple sms/voice devices without a data plan.

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  # 145959 10-Jul-2008 09:56
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garvani: yeah i just read that thread! interesting! thanks


Anybody got a link to this thread.  I can't seem to find it anywhere.

Cheers.

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  # 146051 10-Jul-2008 12:17
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http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=40&TopicId=23810 under the the first post of the thread

[Moderator edit (tonyhughes): Hyperlinked.]



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  # 146139 10-Jul-2008 15:04
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From current investigations : a few phone calls to local stores, it doesn;t sound like you can buy an iPhone outright for a while. Most of the stores i spoke to are only doing iPhone plans connections, that is subsidised handset and plan. It sounds like this is the case for the next few weeks at least. Does anyone have any more information at all, or to the contrary?

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