iPad, iPhone 4, micro-sims and new data plans: The round up
- Vodafone made a non news announcement that they would offer data plans for the iPad (dumb Vodafone!)
- Telecom made a PROPER news announcement on new data plans (iPads can use these of course – THAT’S how you do it Vodafone!). 2GB and 4GB now on casual prepay too. And 500MB on postpay/contract.
- Vodafone made an announcement that they will have micro sims (the smaller ones iPads and iPhone 4 needs)
- Telecom announced they will have micro sims by August (Telecom had already confirmed they were getting micro sims back in April, but just not when).
- Parallel Imports offers wifi iPads at WAY inflated prices (almost $1900 for the 64Gb wifi model, for what should be around $1300-1400 when it launches later this month)
- Parallel Imports offer iPhone 4′s for .. well we don’t know. They are just taking “offers of interest” and a $500 deposit. Not sure what the point is, because unless it’s way cheaper than the NZ legit version why would anyone buy one? At least with the iPad its a get it now not later thing. With the iPhone its highly unlikely they will get any before Vodafone/Magnum Mac does.
The good news is there are two serious players in the mobile broadband/ iSpace (ie iPhone, iPad etc). Not only have Telecom (XT) kept in the game by offering micro sims, but also their new data plans are at least in the right direction price wise (still expensive compared to most places, but getting there!). With the new iPhone 4, and the iPad being able to fully take advantage of both XT and Vodafones 3G networks, it means we have choice. Choice is good.
Black and White Version: Mobile broadband is still expensive in New Zealand. At least we have two players and not one (and XT still kicks Vodafones ass IMHO).
Post to come: I intend to outline how to have ONLY a micro sim these days is the way to go, even if the device you have uses the older mini sims. (Update: The micro-sim post is here)
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