What about future shipments... when the days of cheaper iPhones could come in?
True. Perhaps they thought they could avoid "being dealt with" by Apple if they pull off an impressive launch? Say, if by some miracle, Vodafone NZ sold out the IPhone nationwide over the coming weekend, I'm sure Apple will forget about this "tiny hiccup". Apple probably don't really care how we feel as long as we keep pulling cash out of our wallets and handing them over the cashier at Vodafone stores.