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Topic # 23119 18-Jun-2008 21:26
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Hey guys. Sorry if this is a double-post.

WEll, a little birdy told me the iPhone will probably be selling for AROUND $869 (NZD). Anyone else heard this little whisper?
I was told by a friend that works at VDFN.


Still a pretty steep price really, don't you think? Unless its the unlocked version, really the whole part in the keynotes about the iphone not going for anymore over 199 (8gb version) USD, is a load of rubbish for NZers.

Anyone got a bit more inside information about this? Or a bit of a clearer picture?





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  Reply # 139094 19-Jun-2008 00:36
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Well My Uncle's Nephew's Father's Son's Dog's Owner told me (?) that its definitely going to be NZD50 on Prepaid with unlimited 3G for $3/month. In other words I really don't think anyone knows the official pricing.

There is a price speculation thread on MacTalk Here and there is also a bit of price spec here as well as highlights of that here but I don't think anyone really knows. Best bet is to sit tight and wait.

Only thing that is certain is we are going to be paying a lot more for an outright iPhone than one on a contract.

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  Reply # 139111 19-Jun-2008 08:24
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The $869 sounds like more of an outright purchase price for use on pre-pay...but then there's a lot of speculation that pre-pay won't be available or that you have to buy it on a subsidised plan.  No way we will know until Vodafone release pricing officially or July 11th hits - whichever is first i guess.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 139280 20-Jun-2008 00:35
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I'd be mightily surprised if its not available on prepay actually, its definitely going to be in Aussie on Vodafone.

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  Reply # 139308 20-Jun-2008 09:00
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sproyd: I'd be mightily surprised if its not available on prepay actually, its definitely going to be in Aussie on Vodafone.


Again that's all rumour - although with some more reliable sources than most, but still rumour. 



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  Reply # 139446 20-Jun-2008 17:56
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WEll, that is true.. I think it's horrible this whole waiting thing, lol. Im very impaitent when it comes to things like this. ANd waiting just makes it worse. But because we dont get solid answers its just more fuel on the fire i guess.





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  Reply # 139447 20-Jun-2008 18:02
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gehenna:
sproyd: I'd be mightily surprised if its not available on prepay actually, its definitely going to be in Aussie on Vodafone.


Again that's all rumour - although with some more reliable sources than most, but still rumour. 


One key differnece in that most "prepaid" plans in Australia are fixed prices with term contracts. While you can get pay as you use it style plans like we have in NZ. Prepaid and On Account are almost the same thing in Australia.



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  Reply # 139450 20-Jun-2008 18:17
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Please excuse my ignorance, but if thats the case then why is it called  Pay as you go?
I guess its like the Telecom Flexi is it?

(apologies for this being a little off-topic)





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  Reply # 139455 20-Jun-2008 18:29
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sbiddle:
gehenna:
sproyd: I'd be mightily surprised if its not available on prepay actually, its definitely going to be in Aussie on Vodafone.


Again that's all rumour - although with some more reliable sources than most, but still rumour. 


One key differnece in that most "prepaid" plans in Australia are fixed prices with term contracts. While you can get pay as you use it style plans like we have in NZ. Prepaid and On Account are almost the same thing in Australia.


When I lived there and had a prepaid phone it was exactly the same as having one over here.  You buy the phone, you top it up with credit. 

That's not accounting for change however, and it has been 3 years since I moved home :)

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  Reply # 139458 20-Jun-2008 18:57
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Aaroona: Please excuse my ignorance, but if thats the case then why is it called  Pay as you go?
I guess its like the Telecom Flexi is it?

(apologies for this being a little off-topic)


It isn't called Pay as you go. It's called "Prepay".



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  Reply # 139461 20-Jun-2008 19:12
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sbiddle:
Aaroona: Please excuse my ignorance, but if thats the case then why is it called  Pay as you go?
I guess its like the Telecom Flexi is it?

(apologies for this being a little off-topic)


It isn't called Pay as you go. It's called "Prepay".




Oh sorry about that! I must have been thinking of something else..

EDIT: As it turns out, I was thinking of ATT. Sorry.





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  Reply # 139482 20-Jun-2008 20:49
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sbiddle:
gehenna:
sproyd: I'd be mightily surprised if its not available on prepay actually, its definitely going to be in Aussie on Vodafone.


Again that's all rumour - although with some more reliable sources than most, but still rumour. 


One key differnece in that most "prepaid" plans in Australia are fixed prices with term contracts. While you can get pay as you use it style plans like we have in NZ. Prepaid and On Account are almost the same thing in Australia.


Na you are kind of wrong there. All my friends here(in Melbourne) have prepaid just the same asyou would in NZ. Only difference is the features.. .i.e. NZ you get Best Mate and $10 text, here you get caps (you pay $29 and get $130 of credit to use for texting/calling etc at full rates)

Prepaid Contracts as such aren't that popular here, usually you only go on them to get a free phone... but you are locked in so hardly worth it.

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  Reply # 139594 21-Jun-2008 16:01
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I recon there's no way that Vodafone will release the iphone 3g for anywhere near the low prices "some" people are expecting.
Just the research I've been doing, and the people I've been speaking to have suggested that it may be "slightly" higher than the $199US

Ahh well, whatever it costs, I'll be there with bells on! I wonder if they're going to have an overnight queue to get the first one?

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  Reply # 139606 21-Jun-2008 18:18
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rebeltrousers:
I recon there's no way that Vodafone will release the iphone 3g for anywhere near the low prices "some" people are expecting.
Just the research I've been doing, and the people I've been speaking to have suggested that it may be "slightly" higher than the $199US

Ahh well, whatever it costs, I'll be there with bells on! I wonder if they're going to have an overnight queue to get the first one?

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Yeah, the word slighty was used very loosely, especially when everyone knows Vodafone's track record.
In NZ They've really had the monopoly, thats why I can't wait till Telecom open their new network.

Oh and I will probably see you in line!
And just for the hell of it, i'm going to make sure im there before you are, lol.

Anyways,
Seeya!





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  Reply # 139616 21-Jun-2008 19:02
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It's probably just speculation.

Remember the 8GB- $199 and 16GB- $299 in the US making it at worst $600 (50c in the dollar conversion)

If they release it at a scary $870 I will be giving it a big pass.

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  Reply # 139617 21-Jun-2008 19:08
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I believe the final (subsidised) prices are set by Apple during their negotiations with Vodafone, and as such I have a feeling the iPhone 3G is more of a burden for Vodafone (in New Zealand at least) than it is an opportunity for them to make $$$ (seeing as how Vodafone NZ has enjoyed ripping their customers off in the past).

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