Vodafone’s iphone… a ‘bit’ expensive

I knew there was going to be a catch, there was no way Vodafone (or Apple) was going to sell a premium handset for $199 without there being some pretty hefty fish hooks providing a lucrative revenue stream.

These fish hooks appear to come in the form of some eye watering data plans, the data changes are quite frankly extortionate and I just don’t see how Vodafone thinks these are going to work long term. I guess that somewhere Apple is getting a fee and that may be the reason, either that or Vodafone think the allure of the iphone is so high that customers will be blinded by the sheer appeal of the handset and stomach the changes.

Think again Vodafone.

My contract comes up next month and having had a Blackberry since they first arrived here I was genuinely pondering switching to an iphone. As a Mac user at home there was some definite synergies and as the last person on the planet without an ipod I could kill two birds with one stone. The down side was that I like the full QWERTY key pad on the Blackberry and overall the Blackberries have been pretty reliable (with the exception of the 8707) and Vodafone do offer good service for the Blackberry.

On balance I guess I was more attracted by the ascetics of the iphone and a long standing preference for Mac products. The brain was saying Blackberry… and now the wallet is too.

Internet data prices and speeds in NZ are piss poor, and Vodafone should be doing far more to offer us a competitively priced and faster service, the iphone offer is none of these. If Vodafone want more people using the Internet on their phones this is the wrong way to go about it.

A lot of commentators are angry, I’m not angry, or surprised really, just disappointed. Apple and Vodafone have just lost some new business.

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  1. July 10th, 2008
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