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  # 137283 11-Jun-2008 12:01
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CraigC: just got an email from vodafone, very informative. Not


Please see link to the latest news. At this point no pricing information is available but keep an eye on the website.

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/personal/about/media-centre/2008-media-releases/apple-iphone-3G.jsp

 

 




Ditto.  I'm pretty sure everyone who signed up for iPhone notifications from Vodafone would have already read that page.

Vodafone really need to fill that webmaster/community manager role eh?  :)

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  # 137287 11-Jun-2008 12:08
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amanzi: News has started rolling in from around the globe about the contract plans that various operators will be offering - including one from O2 which includes a free iPhone, but still nothing from Vodafone NZ... sigh... I don't understand why Vodafone aren't riding the hype and giving us more details? Even their website only just shows the single text link to the iPhone press release - nothing else. I rang customer service to ask for more info and was just told that they haven't finalised the contract plans yet - it almost sounds like this whole iPhone thing caught them by surprise...
I've seen a quote this morning from Paul Brislen (on Stuff maybe?) saying that they're waiting on some pricing details from Apple so it may not be their fault.




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  # 137289 11-Jun-2008 12:11

Ben:
Vodafone really need to fill that webmaster/community manager role eh?  :)


I'd say its more a marketing thing than web content, the web team can't update info that they don't have.

Interesting that only O2 and AT&T have updated their info (probably because they have so many iPhone users going can i upgrade?!) but none of the other countries have from the first wave.. perhaps Apple has silenced them for awhile?

*twiddles thumbs for a bit longer*

[edit:] what lugh said :P

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  # 137433 11-Jun-2008 17:58
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Finally some movement on the Vodafone website...

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/iphone/index.jsp

But still no price... just another annoying 'we'll contact you' form.

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  # 137443 11-Jun-2008 18:12
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east: Finally some movement on the Vodafone website...

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/iphone/index.jsp

But still no price... just another annoying 'we'll contact you' form.



yeah i have filled in that form.  it says you will be able to get one on a on account plan. im on a you choose plan, is that counted as a on account plan or is that different as in a you choose plan? does that make sence? any way i cant wait!

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  # 137445 11-Jun-2008 18:16
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event2:
east: Finally some movement on the Vodafone website...

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/iphone/index.jsp

But still no price... just another annoying 'we'll contact you' form.



yeah i have filled in that form.  it says you will be able to get one on a on account plan. im on a you choose plan, is that counted as a on account plan or is that different as in a you choose plan? does that make sence? any way i cant wait!


You Choose is an On Account plan, but they might make you move to a different plan to get a subsidised iPhone.

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# 137459 11-Jun-2008 19:35
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It is surprising to think that Vodafone wouldnt have worked out pricing months ago, you cant tell me that they were completely oblivious to the announcement that apple made..
Steve Job's highlighted that all deals with all mobile carriers were signed sealed and delivered, hence why vodafone would have known about the announcement months in advance...??? come on Vodafone....

 
 
 
 


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  # 137476 11-Jun-2008 20:36
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I wonder if Vodafone will impose their 'Vodafone Live' shenanigans on iPhone 3G users? (surely not) ... the whole idea being able to access the 'real' web.

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  # 137486 11-Jun-2008 21:17
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gmball: It is surprising to think that Vodafone wouldnt have worked out pricing months ago, you cant tell me that they were completely oblivious to the announcement that apple made..
Steve Job's highlighted that all deals with all mobile carriers were signed sealed and delivered, hence why vodafone would have known about the announcement months in advance...??? come on Vodafone....


Well i havn't seen one country who is getting their first taste of iphone, release price info (please link me if there is, there was one for Optus Aus quoting $700 back in May :O! but guess that's out the window now).  So not really one to start red-bashing...

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  # 137491 11-Jun-2008 21:30
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OurFord: I wonder if Vodafone will impose their 'Vodafone Live' shenanigans on iPhone 3G users? (surely not) ... the whole idea being able to access the 'real' web.

Nope no Live on the iPhone

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  # 137494 11-Jun-2008 21:41
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From the register:

Apple said the 3G iPhone will be rolling out in some 70 countries over the coming few months, with 22 nations getting it on 11 July. Jobs promised that wherever you buy the 8GB model, you won't pay more than the equivalent of $199 (£101/€127)



http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/06/09/apple_unveils_3g_iphone/

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  # 137512 11-Jun-2008 23:11
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This is really exciting, a 3g iPHONE finally in NZ, Vodafone will have a field day with it and really hurt Telecom in the interim with iy.

I think i might buy one even though i am a Telecom customer, get on VNZ prepaid or some thing. Looking forward though to November when i will be better off on TNZ's network with 850Mhz coverage with EDGE and WCDMA in the major cities.

If Telecom are smart they will launch with the Iphone if not exclusive to Voda and promote the better data network and rural coverage etc etc on this current model, a 900mhz UMTS model will be 1-2 years are away so until then Telecom will be a better bet i think.





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  # 137529 12-Jun-2008 08:06
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Is it actually half price? This article from CNN:

"During the announcement of the new iPhone 3G at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday Steve Jobs touted affordability as one of the main improvements over the previous iPhone, citing that 56% of people considering purchasing the original iPhone said it was too expensive.

When Jobs announced the new version of the iPhone would sell for $199 USD he asserted "At just $199 we think the iPhone 3G is going to be affordable for just about everyone"

Not quite.

As more details have emerged about the terms of that price and the available iPhone service plans, it's clear Jobs claim was somewhat deceptive. While the price of the new iPhone 3G is $200 cheaper up front than a previous 8GB iPhone, that doesn't figure in the cost of a service plan required to use it. Unlike the previous iPhone, the $199 price is entirely dependent on signing a 2yr service agreement with AT&T. In other words, like most new phones, the price is subsidized.

Because of the move to the faster 3G network the monthly data plan required to use an iPhone actually increased $10 over the older EDGE data plan. The monthly plans for an iPhone 3G now start at $69.99/month ($30-data, $39.99-voice). Additionally the 200 text messages a month that use to be part of the EDGE data plan are now gone. Add those back in, and you'll need to tack on another $5 to your monthly bill or $20 for unlimited texting.

Total cost of ownership for the old 8GB iPhone: $399 (phone) + $1439 (2yr plan @ 59.99/month) = $1838.76

Total cost of ownership for the new 8GB iPhone 3G: $199 (phone) + $1679.76 (2yr plan @ 69.99/month) = $ 1878.76

More affordable? Actually it will cost you an extra $40 over the life of the two year required contract, or $160 more if you plan on doing any text messaging.

I'm not necessarily saying $40 more over a two year period isn't worth it for the added features and faster service you get with the iPhone 3G, though it is an incredible amount of money to spend on wireless service when you look at the total cost. But their marketing ploy calling the iPhone "half the price" and Jobs directly stating its more affordable now for the 56% of consumers who said it wasn't before is false and misleading. Anyone who couldn't afford the previous iPhone will be even worse off buying an iPhone 3G.

I'm only describing the current USA/AT&T situation. Customers in the UK and elsewhere in the world may actually come out ahead with the new phone pricing. In the UK for instance, the old 8GB iPhone cost 269 pounds, while the iPhone 3G will now be just 99."

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  # 137532 12-Jun-2008 08:23
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bbman:I think i might buy one even though i am a Telecom customer, get on VNZ prepaid or some thing.


Indications from Voda's press release is that (in NZ at least) the iPhone will only be available to 'on account' customers - i.e. it won't be sold as prepaid. So unless Telecom offer the iPhone themselves, the only way you'll be able to use a Voda one on Telecom is to sign into a contract and then buy your way out of it.

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  # 137559 12-Jun-2008 10:04
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steve98:
bbman:I think i might buy one even though i am a Telecom customer, get on VNZ prepaid or some thing.


Indications from Voda's press release is that (in NZ at least) the iPhone will only be available to 'on account' customers - i.e. it won't be sold as prepaid. So unless Telecom offer the iPhone themselves, the only way you'll be able to use a Voda one on Telecom is to sign into a contract and then buy your way out of it.


The original global press release from vodafone stated "iPhone 3G will be available via Vodafone on both prepay and contract price plans" - http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/06/09vodafone.html

This was also on Vodafone NZ's website for a couple of hours but was then changed to it's current wording: "iPhone 3G will be available via Vodafone on contract price plans" http://www.vodafone.co.nz/personal/about/media-centre/2008-media-releases/apple-iphone-3G.jsp






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