Update: plan prices have been announced. The Vodafone site is being hammered, but there is a copy of the pricing on Geekzone. The upshot is if you want a 8GB iphone for NZ$199, you’re signing up for NZ$250 per month for 24 months. TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS PER MONTH.
Update 2: A helpful Geekzone user has created this chart of total ownership cost on the various plans:
Vodafone NZ seems to be last off the block in announcing pricing for the iPhone, which is strange given that they will be the first in the world to be selling them. The frustration has led to furious debate, fueled by lack of information from Vodafone.
So today, less than one week out from release, Vodafone releases a tiny bit of information:
- Yes there will be a midnight (NZST) release
- The iPhone will “start from” NZ$199 (about US$150)
Given the lack of plan pricing, I think we can be rightly skeptical about the $199 price point. Vodafone sells the Nokia N95 off-plan for about NZ$1200, so they are not adverse to charging crazy prices. My bet is that the price of a plan required to subsidise the iPhone down to $199 will be in the order of $200 per month.
More tomorrow at 10am.