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Topic # 59626 8-Apr-2010 10:58
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A few years ago, You can go to the usual Vodafone shops and you will find the flagship models from i-Mate and Nokia around the $1.5k - $2k range for the business users locked in glass cabinets. 

Have you noticed that Vodafone don't sell High end mobiles any more either trough their shops or web site? 

The highest spec non Apple device you see on the web site is probably the Nokia 3720 at $599, Blackberry 9700 ($1100) and  LG's BL40

The highest spec device you see in their shop are the E-75 (around $1200) followed by LG Chocolate 1200 and Sony Ericsson Satio (with 12MP camera).

I wonder if this is a permanent shift in their product strategy for both Telco's: The maximum an average consumer is prepared to pay for a device is around $1300.

Or is it a secret deal they made with Apple, so they dont stock anything more expensive than the Apple iPhone 32GB?

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  Reply # 316118 8-Apr-2010 11:09
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BlueToothKiwi: A few years ago, You can go to the usual Vodafone shops and you will find the flagship models from i-Mate and Nokia around the $1.5k - $2k range for the business users locked in glass cabinets. 

Have you noticed that Vodafone don't sell High end mobiles any more either trough their shops or web site? 

The highest spec non Apple device you see on the web site is probably the Nokia 3720 at $599, Blackberry 9700 ($1100) and  LG's BL40

The highest spec device you see in their shop are the E-75 (around $1200) followed by LG Chocolate 1200 and Sony Ericsson Satio (with 12MP camera).

I wonder if this is a permanent shift in their product strategy for both Telco's: The maximum an average consumer is prepared to pay for a device is around $1300.

Or is it a secret deal they made with Apple, so they dont stock anything more expensive than the Apple iPhone 32GB?

Tim  


The price of handsets has tumbled over the last few years as the cost to manufacture and market forces have pushed prices down. The handsets you're seeing in the low $1K range *are* the today equivalent of the handsets you're referring to. A few years ago nobody was buying smartphones because they were complicated and seen as something for businessmen only. For consumers it was all flip-phones and cameras. Now, we have iPhone OS, Android, even some WinMo devices that are appealing more and more to the mass market so those devices are making their way out of the locked glass cabinets and onto the shop floor. It has nothing do with 'secret deals' with Apple, although I'm sure that was meant to be read as tongue-in-cheek



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  Reply # 316122 8-Apr-2010 11:13
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steve98: 
... Now, we have iPhone OS, Android, even some WinMo devices that are appealing more and more to the mass market so those devices are making their way out of the locked glass cabinets and onto the shop floor.


It is a shame that Vodafone has no plans to sell the Nokia E900 nor the new N97 mini. 




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  Reply # 316131 8-Apr-2010 11:18
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BlueToothKiwi:
steve98: 
... Now, we have iPhone OS, Android, even some WinMo devices that are appealing more and more to the mass market so those devices are making their way out of the locked glass cabinets and onto the shop floor.


It is a shame that Vodafone has no plans to sell the Nokia E900 nor the new N97 mini. 


Do you mean the N900? That's because Nokia have no plans to officially launch it in NZ.


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  Reply # 316134 8-Apr-2010 11:22
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Kiwis are just too poor and NZ too small to afford the more expensive phones.

Anyone notice the average NZ income dropping relative to other countries?



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  Reply # 316148 8-Apr-2010 11:57
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wreck90: Kiwis are just too poor and NZ too small to afford the more expensive phones.


I just read Paul Brislen's reply to another post on the Vodafone forum - which kind of answer my original question - but I still find it annoying that we have to use Parallel Imported devices if you want cool new devices. 


sbiddle:
Do you mean the N900? 


Yeah sorry. I meant N900. I tried editing my post seconds after posting it when I spotted it - but when I submitted the edit, Geekzone would not update it - must tell Mauricio about a possible bug in the 'Post Update' function.







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Why is NZ not in the list of countries for the iPad launch by Vodafone? Even Aussie is there.

I rest my case! 

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It will be nice if someone from Vodafone answers.




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  Reply # 319184 16-Apr-2010 07:29
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The iPad is not a smartphone... at this stage it's not even a cellular device, it's wifi only. The 3G model release date hasn't been confirmed for *any* countries yet.

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  Reply # 319191 16-Apr-2010 07:59

We would love to bring the iPad to New Zealand. At this point we have no indication of if or when.

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  Reply # 319279 16-Apr-2010 11:04
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Just like you'd like to bring the Kindle to NZ but never did.... le sigh!

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  Reply # 321672 22-Apr-2010 13:51
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PaulBrislen: We would love to bring the iPad to New Zealand. At this point we have no indication of if or when.

Cheers

Paul


Forget the iFad, get us the HTC Desire please. It's the dog's doo daas and will have people swarming onto VF.

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Reply # 322899 26-Apr-2010 09:49
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The silence is deafening Smile

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  Reply # 323110 26-Apr-2010 16:42
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langers1972:
PaulBrislen: We would love to bring the iPad to New Zealand. At this point we have no indication of if or when.

Cheers

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Forget the iFad, get us the HTC Desire please. It's the dog's doo daas and will have people swarming onto VF.
I actually don't agree.

the desire has geek appeal and hardcore mobile user appeal.

The vast majority of people would look at it and say "ooh that's pretty. Does it work on iTunes?"...




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  Reply # 323400 27-Apr-2010 09:11
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If you followed that argument (the geek appeal bit) then no-one would buy iPhones and that certainly isn't the case.

What you're saying is that the NZ public is so uneducated in terms of phones that they're going to be stuck with all the dross available here forever

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