If I’ve learnt one thing today it is this: PR is a quirky business.
Today, for reasons yet unknown, Vodafone NZ has completely removed the HTC Magic from sale in New Zealand. They’ve removed all mention of it from their website, and removed existing stock from store shelves.
Perhaps this is related: yesterday I took a few images down from this blog at the request of Vodafone PR. This image was one of them:
Let me be clear: I have absolutely no idea if the request to remove images of the HTC Magic launch party, and the removal of the HTC Magic from sale are related. You can make your own conclusions about that.
Why did I take them down? Here’s where I put my balls on the line and apologise to my readers. I took them down because Vodafone PR offered a quid-pro-quo, that I quite incorrectly accepted. I apologise wholeheartedly to my readers. It’s not good enough. It won’t happen again. If there is a next time, I will thoroughly question PR motives before complying.
There was no restriction on photography at the event. I wasn’t the only one taking photos. So to the best of my knowledge I have every right to publish the photos.
Added: At the time and soon after the party, a couple of people commented on the usage of Google trademark and that it seemed a bit dodgey.
Couple more images after the jump: