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Movistar bilks Colombian iPhone customers?

updated 11:30 am EDT, Fri August 22, 2008

iPhone Columbia

With the release of the iPhone 3G in Colombia, Movistar has finally announced its pricing plans, leading some customers to call them unfair and overpriced. Movistar did not release any pricing information until half an hour before the official launch; this meant customers who lined up early were unsure as to what the cost would be when they walked up to the counter. One customer reports he was so outraged with the pricing that he walked away without the device he just spent time waiting in line for.

The base iPhone package offered costs COL$74,900 ($40) a month and gives users 250 minutes of network talk, 100 minutes of talk to other networks, 100 SMS messages and 250 MB of data. For users looking to purchase this plan they will pay COL$906,818 ($487) or COL$1,128,251 ($605) for the 8GB and 16GB devices respectively. Another option for customers is a package at COL$149,900 ($80) per month; this gives users 800 minutes of network talk, 300 minutes of talk to other networks, 200 text messages and 500 MB of data. The device on this plan will cost COL$659,930 ($354) or COL$917,363 ($492) for the 8GB and 16GB iPhones respectively. The final option costs COL$278,900 ($150) per month and offers 1800 minutes of network talk, 500 minutes of talk to other networks, 300 text messages and 1 GB of data. On this plan the 8GB and 16GB phones will cost COL$485,042 ($260) and COL$706,475 ($380) respectively. Each of these plans require a two year commitment.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's Colombia

    It's Colombia, a country in South America, not Columbia a University in NY (or the District of).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wow, you'd think that guy made some kind of stand at Tianimum Square or something. He was so outraged, he LEFT! And without buying it, either! Wow!

    So they stand in line not knowing what it is going to cost? That's what you get for standing in line, I guess. Guys look out the window, see the demand, and say "Hey, there's high demand, thus we can charge higher prices!" (you know, standard economics c***.

    Think of all the time they would've saved if they just waited until launch day. And then the plans might've been cheaper, because they would've seen no demand, thus kept the price down.

    And, if not, what's the worse thing that happens? You don't buy an iPhone. The horrors of it all!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One year...

    The article states incorrectly that each plan requires a 2 year commitment, this is not true. Those prices are for a one year contract.
    There's another cellular provider, Comcel, which is offering worse plans, but at better prices, however, they do require 2 year commitment plans. In that company, a 8Gb iphone with a ~U$70 monthly plan will cost you around U$100.

  1. absurd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What did you expect?

    Of course. Movistar is a rip off, in every country they are. I think bilking customers must be in their mission statement or something :-)

    But then, doesn't that happen with all mobile operatores, everywhere? This offering is not the worst of the bunch, not by any means.

    Do you know of a good iPhone deal, anywhere? And I'm not meaning one deal you are willing to go through, because you want an iPhone anyway. I mean a good deal, one you feel is fair for what you get. Do you?

    I thought so. Cheers! :-)

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