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Topic # 64766 22-Jul-2010 09:10
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So with Vodafone NZ due to release their pricing on iPhone 4 this week, I thought it would be interesting to check out what Vodafone Australia would potentially be offering their iPhones for.

Well, this may be obvious to some people, but us kiwis are getting absolutely screwed by Vodafone NZ re. iPhone prices and plans...

Just as an example of pricing structure, see below (or attached link).

Appple iPhone 3GS 16 GB
24 Month Cap Contract = $49 which gives you $450 worth of texts and calls
iPhone = $10 per month

So in total for a 3GS, you'll be paying $59 per month (same as my iPhone $60 plan but I still had to may an additional $600 to get my iPhone as well).

More examples at this link -> http://store.vodafone.com.au/mobile-phones.aspx?caps=49.0000&Brand=Apple®%20iPhone

I for one hope Vodafone somehow follow in their Australian counterparts footsteps or they need to release the iPhone to the XT network to create some competition.   Even including the iPhone charge as part of your monthly bill/invoice/statement gives a lot more incentive to get iPhones in customers pockets.

Thoughts?

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  Reply # 354774 22-Jul-2010 09:56
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This has been discussed countless times with the usual excuse of population size etc etc

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  Reply # 354804 22-Jul-2010 11:00
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Yep, just spin spin and more spin. We are getting a raw deal but what can we do hey?

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  Reply # 354805 22-Jul-2010 11:05
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You are right, when you look at the prices for iphones direct from the apple store in both countries prices are similar when the exchange rate is taken into account.

Unfortunately we only really have two big telecom companies at this stage and for whatever reason telecom do not retail the iphone so vodafone are free to rape and pilage as they see fit.

Even if telecom get the iphone things may not improve anyway. I remember the good old days when telecom and vf were fighting for customers and you could normally swap your mobile every 3-4 months in one of those bring in your telecom phone and get a free vf phone etc. Nowadays apart from the odd surge in activity they seem to be happy with their respective customer bases and the hundreds of millions in profits rolling in.

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  Reply # 354822 22-Jul-2010 11:38
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In New Zealand, you are better off buying the phone outright than going on a 24 month plan. Gives you the flexibility too without being stuck on the one plan.

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  Reply # 354875 22-Jul-2010 12:38
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$59AU = $72.66NZ. Buy one direct from the manufacturer, or are they ripping you off too? 

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  Reply # 354897 22-Jul-2010 13:15
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heavenlywild: In New Zealand, you are better off buying the phone outright than going on a 24 month plan. Gives you the flexibility too without being stuck on the one plan.


I'm pretty sure the ONLY phone you're better off buying outright in NZ is the iPhone... all the others, where there's competition are all pretty similar. Why else would the iphone (on account) only be available on specific plans?

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