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Topic # 85153 14-Jun-2011 22:49
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Finally, Apple now sells the iPhone 4 unlocked in the US.

Pricing (before tax):

16GB: US$649 (NZ$792 approx.)
32GB: US$749 (NZ$915 approx.)

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC603LL/A?mco=MjI4NTM2NTM




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  Reply # 481238 14-Jun-2011 22:55
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I don't really keep up with all things Apple but that's a nice ~$400 NZD difference to the price of the iPhone 4 in the apple nz store. 

The US sales tax rate depends on which state I presume?



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  Reply # 481263 14-Jun-2011 23:46
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Yes, all states vary. Allow 8% as a ballpark

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  Reply # 481586 15-Jun-2011 18:48
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This, along with Vodafone NZ recently reducing their contract subsidy and the success of the iPad, suggest that Apple is becoming more carrier agnostic. This can only be a good thing in my view, as it gives consumers greater freedom to select a telco that suits their needs. 

Hopefully it may eventually bring down the exorbitant price that contract-free purchasers are subjected to in NZ, and make contract-free iPhones available in major retail stores.

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  Reply # 481587 15-Jun-2011 18:50
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alasta: This, along with Vodafone NZ recently reducing their contract subsidy and the success of the iPad, suggest that Apple is becoming more carrier agnostic.


Not to mention iMessage which *should* replace SMS for those whose circle includes only iOS devices. 

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  Reply # 481590 15-Jun-2011 19:02
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gehenna:
alasta: This, along with Vodafone NZ recently reducing their contract subsidy and the success of the iPad, suggest that Apple is becoming more carrier agnostic.


Not to mention iMessage which *should* replace SMS for those whose circle includes only iOS devices. 


Given the poor reliability of SMS I think that iMessage is a fantastic feature on the face of it, but unfortunately very few of my contacts have iOS devices so it could be a while before it's really useful. 

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  Reply # 481597 15-Jun-2011 19:17
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alasta: Hopefully it may eventually bring down the exorbitant price that contract-free purchasers are subjected to in NZ, and make contract-free iPhones available in major retail stores.


Contract free iPhones have been available in at least one major retailer for a while. I got my iPhone 4 off contract from Noel Leeming back in February.

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