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  Reply # 136959 10-Jun-2008 11:21
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Looks like the WWDC announcement has caught Vodafone NZ short. Our rep was suprised that the launch date had been announced and that the phones were to be priced so low! No official plans or pricing in place from First Mobile.

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  Reply # 136974 10-Jun-2008 12:18
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Super8: Looks like the WWDC announcement has caught Vodafone NZ short. Our rep was suprised that the launch date had been announced and that the phones were to be priced so low! No official plans or pricing in place from First Mobile.

That just makes me LOL, how typical, and the VF site has nothing at all on it!!! ROFL

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  Reply # 136983 10-Jun-2008 12:31
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motorwayne:
Super8: Looks like the WWDC announcement has caught Vodafone NZ short. Our rep was suprised that the launch date had been announced and that the phones were to be priced so low! No official plans or pricing in place from First Mobile.

That just makes me LOL, how typical, and the VF site has nothing at all on it!!! ROFL

What a bunch of A**


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Why does everybody expect Vodafone do have information available about a product that's not yet available?

There have been numerous posts today trashing Vodafone for this - why?

The Apple site has all the details you need to know about the device, and as for plans I'm sure they will appear when the product does!

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  Reply # 136984 10-Jun-2008 12:31

motorwayne:
Super8: Looks like the WWDC announcement has caught Vodafone NZ short. Our rep was suprised that the launch date had been announced and that the phones were to be priced so low! No official plans or pricing in place from First Mobile.

That just makes me LOL, how typical, and the VF site has nothing at all on it!!! ROFL

What a bunch of A**


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  Reply # 136987 10-Jun-2008 12:41
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Keeping it light :-)

What I'm getting at is VF has had what? Six hours+ to get something up on their site, to even give the appearance of any sort of interest in this partnership with Apple? Goodness me, is it that hard?

This is a major event in terms of mobile phone distro's worldwide, and they just don't appear to be bothered?

Fair enough if that is their game, seriously, fair enough. But from my perspective, if I was the marketing boss at VF, I'd have had the site ready to go the moment the news was released - not rocket science to me, maybe I just don't get it?

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  Reply # 136993 10-Jun-2008 12:57
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But from my perspective, if I was the marketing boss at VF, I'd have had the site ready to go the moment the news was released - not rocket science to me, maybe I just don't get it?


If I was the Marketing Manager (I wish!) I'd keep quiet as anything released might be lost in the "noise" of the Apple press release. I'd gear up my own time talking to the media when its likely to get more press, so list the details then.

And no, don't know anything but to me that would make much more business sense.

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  Reply # 136994 10-Jun-2008 12:58
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If the pricing announced by Steve Jobs for US$199 across the world (for 8GB model), did he announce that to be with a plan or without? Anyhow, how will HTC Diamond (or any other top classy touch-screen phones) compete with Apple iPhone 3G?

I didn't want to get an iPhone 3G, but with its attractive price, I may just get one for a good much around, supplementing it to my 32GB Ipod Touch (which soon will upgrade to new software, if it does support Exchange server too for PIM sync).




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  Reply # 136998 10-Jun-2008 13:26
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brentbart:
But from my perspective, if I was the marketing boss at VF, I'd have had the site ready to go the moment the news was released - not rocket science to me, maybe I just don't get it?


If I was the Marketing Manager (I wish!) I'd keep quiet as anything released might be lost in the "noise" of the Apple press release. I'd gear up my own time talking to the media when its likely to get more press, so list the details then.

And no, don't know anything but to me that would make much more business sense.


Hehe, lucky we don't work in the same department of VF then, we're the complete opposites!

Anyways, i'm all for VF, and, want a 3G iphone no matter how much they both suck and, with my bad attitude.

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  Reply # 137006 10-Jun-2008 13:47
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vodafone live will be gone. you cannot deduct money from a cellphone account using an internet browser. only wap can do this. people can only use credit cards to pay for things on the internet.

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  Reply # 137007 10-Jun-2008 13:49
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richgamer: vodafone live will be gone. you cannot deduct money from a cellphone account using an internet browser. only wap can do this. people can only use credit cards to pay for things on the internet.

What are you talking about?

Any proxy server can measure bandwidth, pages visited etc and convert that into billing...

I pay for lots of things on the internet without using a credit card.




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Reply # 137012 10-Jun-2008 14:06
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garvani: Going by what i posted before, the maximum price point is $199USD worldwide, which works out to be $262 nz dollars, so they would be breaking their contract with apple to sell it for 1.5x the price of the US models..


Everyone seems to "forget" that prices in the US$ do not include the local sales tax (usually 8% but can be more), while prices in New Zealand includes GST (12.5%) and perhaps import costs?




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  Reply # 137020 10-Jun-2008 14:16
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The pricing is going to be interesting alright even with the gst and freight. I just don't see them releasing it cheaply, these guys can't help themselves when it comes to stiffing the public.

I say it will be $599+ on a dodgy VF contract for 2 years, with sum absurd other charges thrown in, or , $899+ on no contract.

Lets face it, we're lambs to the slaughter when it comes to gadgets in this country, and they know it.

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freitasm: Everyone seems to "forget" that prices in the US$ do not include the local sales tax (usually 8% but can be more), while prices in New Zealand includes GST (12.5%) and perhaps import costs?

I don't think any of that matters.  The pricing isn't based on any "real" costs (in my opinion), it's more of a marketing thing.  Apple have shown that they are keen for consistent pricing across countries (going by prices of existing products) even though there's little doubt that costs are different for different countries.

I'd be surprised if Apple would let Vodafone get away with charging as much as $599 locked in.  I mean that price might seem right for the current NZ market, but I don't think Apple will play that way.  As for the data plan, we can only hope.

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  Reply # 137023 10-Jun-2008 14:32
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after seeing this I might stick with Nokia N82 that I'm planning to get... Iphone 3G is great but... nothing too stellar compare to ipod touch 32gb i have, i do like the A-GPS, 3G but no MMS, no bluetooh A2DP... it's hard to bite when compare to Nokia N82...




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  Reply # 137025 10-Jun-2008 14:34
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I just wanted to say that I think it’s appalling that Vodafone did not have a 9AM press release ready for the 3G iPhone.

This has to be the biggest handset to be launched in NZ (and internationally) for 2008, and Vodafone have known about it since May!

The marketing dept really dropped the ball on this one.

There is now an official press release link on the vodafone.co.nz front page in microscopic text.


I have spoken to Renaissance Apple Division who has confirmed they will be distributing the iPhone to Mac resellers in NZ; however after speaking to a Manager at a local Apple reseller, he said that they are waiting for their Vodafone dealership application to come through before they can sell it.

At this stage both the local apple store and renaissance said they don’t have a SKU and cant backorder the iPhone.

After talking to the people at the Vodafone web store this morning they told me that they would shortly have a link on their web store for registering interest / pre ordering the product, however I haven’t heard anything as of yet.

I have also heard from Alison Sykora at Vodafone this afternoon, who put out the May press release. She has confirmed that they currently don’t have any information about pricing yet, she also hinted about keeping an eye on the website to register interest in the product.

 

(Yes I did get up at 5AM to watch the WWDC live, and I will be purchasing the iPhone when it’s released next month.)


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