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  Reply # 812335 6-May-2013 22:01
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Kopkiwi: Is this the most laughable launch of anything in the history of anything?


Your release is in another castle :(

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  Reply # 812349 6-May-2013 22:12
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freitasm: The Telecom price was announced in the press release. Not sure why you point it as "Coming soon".


Well as mentioned the Telecom website still states Coming soon, but I spoke to someone on Live Chat this afternoon and was told there is no information on when it will be released and what the subsequent price will be.

And Noel Leeming.. not even listed on their website....

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 812386 6-May-2013 22:40
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Kopkiwi: Is this the most laughable launch of anything in the history of anything?


Nope. this was the most laughable. The iPhone 4 launch was a terribly planned event. From the linked blog post:


  • Apple announced that the iPhone 4 would launch in New Zealand on Friday 30 July
  • Vodafone "promised" further details about the iPhone 4 in the leadup to the launch, but failed to deliver on this promise (in my opinion)
  • In the days before the launch, retailers were referring interested customers to Apple, saying that there would be no Apple announcement on where to buy the iPhone 4 on Friday morning until - Friday morning itself
  • Despite rumours of a "cancelled launch", some desperate buyers still queued for hours at Apple resellers where iPhone is usually stocked. And who can really blame them? Until that point there had been no *official* word that there would be no sales of the iPhone at retail outlets
  • Friday morning came and still there was no announcement from Apple about where their customers could buy an iPhone 4
  • On Friday morning, Vodafone apologises to those that had queued for hours, telling them that the iPhone 4 was not going to go on sale
  • Only hours (minutes really) later, the rumour mill starts to distribute the news that Vodafone NZ plans to sell the iPhone 4 from 12pm. Vodafone stores give this information to enquiring buyers, but most would not hear "officially" from Vodafone HQ until an email and TXT starts to circulate to those that had signed up to Vodafone's website promising "up to date" information on the iPhone 4 launch. Many people only receive this email after the 12pm launch - some receiving their email or TXT late into the afternoon/evening.
  • Apple at some stage (I don't really care to try and work out exactly when official word was released to the public) announce that iPhone 4 would be available on their website store "later in the evening". It turns out that this simply meant to place an order for an iPhone 4 with an estimated shipping date 3 weeks away, and a further estimated 5 days to arrive from the courier.








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  Reply # 812399 6-May-2013 23:04
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freitasm:
Kopkiwi: Is this the most laughable launch of anything in the history of anything?


Nope. this was the most laughable. The iPhone 4 launch was a terribly planned event. From the linked blog post:


  • Apple announced that the iPhone 4 would launch in New Zealand on Friday 30 July
  • Vodafone "promised" further details about the iPhone 4 in the leadup to the launch, but failed to deliver on this promise (in my opinion)
  • In the days before the launch, retailers were referring interested customers to Apple, saying that there would be no Apple announcement on where to buy the iPhone 4 on Friday morning until - Friday morning itself
  • Despite rumours of a "cancelled launch", some desperate buyers still queued for hours at Apple resellers where iPhone is usually stocked. And who can really blame them? Until that point there had been no *official* word that there would be no sales of the iPhone at retail outlets
  • Friday morning came and still there was no announcement from Apple about where their customers could buy an iPhone 4
  • On Friday morning, Vodafone apologises to those that had queued for hours, telling them that the iPhone 4 was not going to go on sale
  • Only hours (minutes really) later, the rumour mill starts to distribute the news that Vodafone NZ plans to sell the iPhone 4 from 12pm. Vodafone stores give this information to enquiring buyers, but most would not hear "officially" from Vodafone HQ until an email and TXT starts to circulate to those that had signed up to Vodafone's website promising "up to date" information on the iPhone 4 launch. Many people only receive this email after the 12pm launch - some receiving their email or TXT late into the afternoon/evening.
  • Apple at some stage (I don't really care to try and work out exactly when official word was released to the public) announce that iPhone 4 would be available on their website store "later in the evening". It turns out that this simply meant to place an order for an iPhone 4 with an estimated shipping date 3 weeks away, and a further estimated 5 days to arrive from the courier.






I dont understand the need for all these delays anyway. The phone has been available around the world for a month or so now, who does Telecom/Vodafone/HTC think they are fooling? Why all this last minute pretense at some 'unveiling'? People are going elsewhere.

Mismanagement.

I hope this is the only sour note we get in relation to the phone. It's not like HTC can afford to piss people off.

Mismanagement.

Well: It looks unlikely I'll be getting my phone tomorrow. Pisses me right off, but what can you do? At least I'm getting it cheaper.

But that depends on delay. Are we talking an extra day or an extra week? The long they take, the more likely I am to cancel and bypass the whole NZ mismanaged mess and order from overseas.


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  Reply # 812409 6-May-2013 23:09
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It's been well reported on a lot of tech sites that the staggered release across the world was due to supply issues.

One of the downsides to having such a nice quality phone is that it can't be churned out in the same numbers as certain plastic ones.

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  Reply # 812414 6-May-2013 23:12
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What does that means? gonna be delay?

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  Reply # 812416 6-May-2013 23:18
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No I was just referring to why we get the phone later than other regions.

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  Reply # 812418 6-May-2013 23:24
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I ordered a HTC ONE from handtec on 21 March, they already delayed 4 times and the 5th will coming tomorrow...

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  Reply # 812422 6-May-2013 23:26
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shevc: I ordered a HTC ONE from handtec on 21 March, they already delayed 4 times and the 5th will coming tomorrow...


You're aware the European sourced One's do not support 850MHz so won't able to be used on Telecom right?

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  Reply # 812425 6-May-2013 23:30
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My Mum always said when I was young good things come to those that wait.  Patience grasshoppers.




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  Reply # 812432 6-May-2013 23:34
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shevc: I ordered a HTC ONE from handtec on 21 March, they already delayed 4 times and the 5th will coming tomorrow...


You're aware the European sourced One's do not support 850MHz so won't able to be used on Telecom right?
not sure about that, I already canceled it and ordered one from noel leeming. cant wait any longer

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  Reply # 812451 7-May-2013 01:16
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bradstewart: It's been well reported on a lot of tech sites that the staggered release across the world was due to supply issues.

One of the downsides to having such a nice quality phone is that it can't be churned out in the same numbers as certain plastic ones.


Annoyingly, I guess that makes sense. Making the aluminium case is surely more time consuming than injection moulding some plastic...

Still, the delays are annoying.


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  Reply # 812472 7-May-2013 08:01
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And... the day has arrived people! After 51 pages, the phone FINALLY arrives in New Zealand, officially. Whether it's available at the likes of DSE, Noel Leeming etc, well, I guess we'll soon find out. Either way, as long as it's in my hands by the weekend, I am happy.

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  Reply # 812486 7-May-2013 08:39
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heavenlywild: And... the day has arrived people! After 51 pages, the phone FINALLY arrives in New Zealand, officially. Whether it's available at the likes of DSE, Noel Leeming etc, well, I guess we'll soon find out. Either way, as long as it's in my hands by the weekend, I am happy.


If the phone is as good as this lead up its going to be epic :-)





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  Reply # 812488 7-May-2013 08:48
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i called NL up yesterday and asked them about it. They said they had no idea when they would be receiving it, they said it is launching tomorrow indeed. But they asked me to give them a call back around 2pm today to check again.


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