Awww gutted. It’s official, Vodafone have told us to go fuck ourselves.
iPhone decision cuts off fans’ hopes [stuff.co.nz]
Now, stuff always remove their stories after a few days so that Fairfax can charge people the earth to get access, so I’m going to do some quoting…
Vodafone spokesman Paul Brislen said yesterday that the telecommunications giant was unlikely to enter negotiations with Apple over the release of the handset, which is sold in the United States and Britain.
“It’s a watching brief but it is not on Vodafone New Zealand’s road map for the rest of the year, and it could be years before we see it here, if we ever do,” he said.
The iPhone, a combination of a cellphone and the popular iPod, sells for US$399 exclusively on the AT&T network and more than one million handsets have been sold in the US so far.
Despite the lack of availability, some of New Zealand’s three million cellphone users have managed to get their hands on the phones, with one Tauranga importer receiving shipments from the US, and a Christchurch business providing a Sim card which allows the iPhone to be used on the Vodafone NZ network.
Layton Duncan, who sells the TurboSIM for $299, said there was huge demand for the Sim card, with his last shipment selling out.
Apple is set to release a third system upgrade this week in an attempt to flush out the hackers who have unlocked the phone and are using it on other networks.
So… you could use the simcard thingy, but what good is that when you can’t use a system upgrade? And God knows you’re going to need one with the first generation iPhone! And lots of the services aren’t even available on our third world networks here. We’re also at a standstill because they can’t go with any other operator, there is only Telecom and they look like children compared to Vodafone, and Vodafone look like imbeciles compared to the rest of the world’s networks. You can’t even switch your phones between Vodafone and Telecom to get a better deal because they are so different. Remember, Telecom don’t know what a simcard is
So we need a new operator, who can support new technologies. And iPhones, because I really want one