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  #136892 10-Jun-2008 09:21
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I think it speaks to Vodafone's lameness that they couldn't get their sh1t together to have their site updated to match with the announcement.

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  #136893 10-Jun-2008 09:22
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So the get the new iphone for the low price i guess you will have to sign a new (2 year?)contract. On a special plan for the iphone. Any word from vodafone on this? 


 
 
 
 


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  #136895 10-Jun-2008 09:26
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Ben: I think it speaks to Vodafone's lameness that they couldn't get their sh1t together to have their site updated to match with the announcement.

At present there's a change of webmaster at Vodafone, which may have some bearing on this.

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  #136896 10-Jun-2008 09:27
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US pricing for the iPhone 3G is based on a 2-year contract.  Unlimited data plans for iPhone 3G customers will be US$30/month while business users will have to pay US$45/month.

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#136898 10-Jun-2008 09:32
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SightUnseen:
Ben: I think it speaks to Vodafone's lameness that they couldn't get their sh1t together to have their site updated to match with the announcement.

At present there's a change of webmaster at Vodafone, which may have some bearing on this.


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  #136900 10-Jun-2008 09:38

Ben: I think it speaks to Vodafone's lameness that they couldn't get their sh1t together to have their site updated to match with the announcement.


You mean like AT&T have(n't) and Orange UK has(n't)? Rogers? Italia? anyone but Apple.com?

Seriously it was only announced 2 hours ago (at 730am NZ time I might add) and doesn't even launch for a month.

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  #136908 10-Jun-2008 09:53
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Wow.  A lot of Vodafone apologists here eh?

I'm a loyal Vodafone customer, but I'm just saying they MUST have known about this, and even just a placeholder page with a forward publish date should be possible with any basic CMS system.

 
 
 
 


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  #136911 10-Jun-2008 09:57
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Via email this morning:

09 June 2008

NEWBURY, England and SAN FRANCISCO, 9 June 2008. Vodafone, the world's
leading international mobile communications group, and Apple(R) today
announced that the highly anticipated iPhone 3G will be available in
Australia, Italy, New Zealand and Portugal on July 11, and in the
Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, India, South Africa and Turkey later
this year. iPhone 3G combines all the revolutionary features of iPhone
with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation
iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services, and
iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange
ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party applications already
built with the recently released iPhone SDK.

"We are very excited to bring iPhone 3G to many of our customers across
Europe and emerging markets this summer," said Frank H. Rovekamp,
global CMO, Vodafone Group. "Vodafone's extensive, high speed and
reliable networks mean customers can enjoy a great Internet and
communications experience on their iPhone 3G."

"We're excited to work with Vodafone, the world's largest mobile
telecommunications company, to bring iPhone 3G to 10 countries across
the globe," said Tim Cook, Apple's COO. "We can't wait to get this
revolutionary product in the hands of even more people around the
world."

Australia, Italy, New Zealand and Portugal will be the first Vodafone
markets to offer customers iPhone 3G for purchase on July 11. iPhone
3G will be available via Vodafone on both prepay and contract price
plans which will include great value data bundles. Other markets will
follow later this year and full details of specific launch dates and
price plans will be made available soon by individual Vodafone
operating companies.

Customers in Vodafone's 10 markets where iPhone 3G will be available
can pre-register online and in retail stores in the next few days.

*Based on 3G and EDGE testing. Actual speeds vary by site conditions.

Vodafone is the world's leading international mobile communications
group with over 260 million proportionate customers as of 31 March
2008. Vodafone currently has equity interests in 25 countries across
five continents and a further 42 partner networks worldwide. For more
information, please visit http://www.vodafone.com.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the
Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the
Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation
with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and
professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital
media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and
iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its
revolutionary iPhone.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information visit Apple's PR website
(http://www.apple.com/pr/), or call Apple's Media Helpline at (408)
974-2042.

(C) 2008 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac,
Mac OS, Macintosh and iPhone are trademarks of Apple. Other company
and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

For further information:

Vodafone Group

Investor Relations
Tel: +44 (0) 1635 664447

Media Relations
Tel: +44 (0) 1635 664444

This e-mail was sent by Vodafone Group, located at Vodafone House, The
Connection, Newbury, Berkshire  RG14 2FN (England). To receive no
further e-mails, please reply to this e-mail with "unlist" in the
Subject line.

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  #136913 10-Jun-2008 10:08
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Any pricing speculation on Voda ??? Also wonder if all the parrarel import place will be clearing out there 2.5G iphone stocks, seriously they cost a fortune.
I'm spoiled on the cheap handsets from U.S...  Hope it's not too expensive .

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  #136926 10-Jun-2008 10:23
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according to the nzherald you can pre-register here:

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

no mention of pricing atm, but should be updated later today..




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  #136936 10-Jun-2008 10:37
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The 3G iPhone looks like a nice bit of hardware, but it looks to be an evolution rather than a revolution whereas I was hoping for something like the HTC Diamond's revolutionary "Wow" compated to the HTC touch.... It also looks like the radio config (UMTS / HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) means no 900Mhz UMTS which wil mean users may get 3G coverage issues???

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  #136937 10-Jun-2008 10:40

Basically means no 3G coverage outside of main urban areas on VF (2100 for large cities, 900 for rural)

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  #136940 10-Jun-2008 10:42
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what about urban coverage holes? Are there many of those?

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  #136944 10-Jun-2008 10:51

There are always coverage gaps in mobile networks, specially when using 2100mhz as penetration can be challenging. You can check out the online coverage tool where you can search by address and VF will tell you how the coverage is.

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  #136962 10-Jun-2008 11:40
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Just called VFNZ and received the message... "we are unable to answer your call at the moment due to an emergency building evacuation"


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