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Apple retail: 8AM iPhone launch; NZ, Mexican plans

updated 01:50 am EDT, Tue July 8, 2008

Apple retail 8AM launch

With a little over three days to go before the iPhone 3G sees its launch, Apple has clarified a time where customers can find the device in its retail stores, while potential New Zealand and Mexican iPhone customers can now browse official rates. Apple silently placed a notice on its retail homepage, saying that customers can get the long-awaited device at its US retail stores at 8AM on July 11th, coinciding with AT&T's previously announced morning launch.

CruchGear writes that Vodafone New Zealand unveiled pricing that has drawn angry responses from potential customers, similar to the backlash on exhorbitant prices from Rogers Wireless in Canada. With plans ranging from NZ$80 to NZ$250, Vodafone provides users with a mere 250MB to 1GB of transfer, and 120 to 600 minutes. Text messages sit at 600 for all three plans. Prices for the 8GB and 16GB iPhone sit at NZ$199 and NZ$349 on the 1GB plan, but skyrocket to NZ$549 and NZ$699 on the 250MB plan.

According to AyudameMac, America Mobil is similarly offering rather upsetting plans, with rates ranging between MEX$459 and MEX$799, minutes from 200 to 400 per month, while data and SMS are at 100MB/100 messages to 200MB/200 messages. Plans come with a 24-month contract, while the 8GB and 16GB models cost MEX$775 and MEX$1880.




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  1. Paradise Pete

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Exchange rate

    For those as lazy as the author, the Peso/US Dollar exchange rate is roughly 10.3 to 1.
    To the author: Why write an article that requires leaving the site to fully understand it?

  1. dedalus-6

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Death to iPhone 3G

    I am totally outraged by Vodafone's plans pricing for the new iPhone 3G. It just takes market monopoly and what it means to be huge multinational companies to another and new level!!! Shame on you Steve Jobs. Come on guys, here is the deal: I only pay 35 dollars for my Blackberry internet service a month. I was considering buying the new iPhone. Now I am complete off the hook. I agree iPhone a great phone. But if you say it is '50 dollars per month more' better phone than my Blackberry Pearl I would rather disagree!!!

    And if you want to get the iPhone for 199 NZD, you need to sign up for a 2year plan that you will pay 250 dollars a month?!!!!!! Is that a phone bill or your house payment???? iPhone 3G from my understanding is trying to compete with Blackberry for business customers. How can you compete by making it so expensive and so exclusive??You think business people are all retarded or something, Steve. Shame on you Vodafone!

    Apple finally reveals its true color - a huge multinational, profit driven, greedy, monopoly. Ring any bell? I'd rather be Bill....at least he donates heaps more to charity....

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