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# 37951 22-Jul-2009 07:30
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I fully intend to pick up the 32gb iPhone 3GS today, in Dunedin. Now, what place sells it the cheapest? I plan to buy handset only, and insert an XT sim into it. My first thought is to stop by the Magnum Mac store, and pick it up there, does anyone else know if they are in stock or not? 


If not, do Vodafone stock them in their stores? 


Also, where does one buy the XT sim card? Does it have to be a telecom store, or can I just drop by DSE or something?


I could easily figure this stuff out for myself, but I'd rather see if anyone has any tips or tricks for me, that they have learnt during their buying process. Ie, thats my explanation for asking such simple questions. :P


Thanks,


David.

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  # 237754 22-Jul-2009 08:41
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First you might want to give stores a call because even if they have them in stock they usually won't just sell you the handset they will only sell them from stores if you go on a contract. Looks like you have to get them online only for handset, and if you need to do that then the Apple online store is doing them $30 cheaper than the vodafone website.

And with the XT sim card it depends if you want to keep your current number, if so then you need to do that at a Telecom store where if you are going to go with a new number then you can go to a DSE store.




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  # 237756 22-Jul-2009 08:49
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Magnum Mac would sell without a contract right? I mean, they kinda have too, since they aren't affiliated with VF.

Biggest issue is, the magnum mac online store doesn't advertise that they carry iPhones. But yeah, will give the store a ring before I go.

 
 
 
 


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  # 237757 22-Jul-2009 08:53
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They are selling the iphone through a contract to do so with vodafone so the contract has its requirements, one of which it looks like is that they can't sell it in store without a vodafone contract, from what I have heard in other threads on this Magnum Mac is one of these stores.




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  # 237762 22-Jul-2009 09:06
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Oh, ok.

So what is the best way to buy the 3GS without a contract, I have no wish to have to buy it off the apple store, due to the exceptionally long wait time.

How long does it take for Vodafone to ship online? I'd far rather buy it in hand, as I don't want the wait.

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  # 237765 22-Jul-2009 09:15
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That is where the problem lies, there has been a wait time from the apple online store but the only other place i know of that sells them online is the vodafone store which is currently out of stock and they will be getting more stock from Apple so even though there is a long wait time you could get it from Apple as vodafone is going to be doing the same thing.




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  # 237770 22-Jul-2009 09:21
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Apple store it is!

Ah well, thanks.

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  # 237773 22-Jul-2009 09:26
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I have bought mine from the apple store and yesterday most of the orders got updated to prepared for shipment so hopefully the week long wait is now over




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  # 237979 22-Jul-2009 17:06
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I called the store to double check a few things, and just to comment for those people who are interested.

I was able to buy the iPhone 3GS 32gb due to the fact that I had been on a prepay voda mobile in the past. All I had to do was state that I had been informed of the plans availible, but was not bound to any.

I have my XT sim in it, and its syncing now.

Only bad thing, cost was $1410, instead of $1350 as it is at the apple store.

Either way, I was happy paying the extra $60 for having it instantly.

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  # 238049 22-Jul-2009 20:26
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I have an xt sim in mine and it rocks. Have fun

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  # 238076 22-Jul-2009 21:54
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Ellisande: 
Only bad thing, cost was $1410, instead of $1350 as it is at the apple store.


Either way, I was happy paying the extra $60 for having it instantly.


I think that you guys have more money than sense  Money mouth





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  # 238080 22-Jul-2009 22:05
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As a poor student, i'd say im lacking in both money and sense in this regard. :P

But yeah, an iPhone is something i've wanted for AGES. I've saved up for it for a while and also used it as a reward for getting the good grades that I did in my exams.


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  # 245438 12-Aug-2009 00:04
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I Was wondering if it was yet possible to buy the 3GS from a retail store and not go on a contract. I know you can buy form VF online + Apple Store (without a contract), but is it yet possible to do this in a retail store?

I am guessing no?

Thanks :)

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