Finally after much will-they-won’t-they and then the whole website-links-coming-and-going thing, Telecom have finally stepped up and announced that they will indeed be offering the iPhone (all versions) and what’s more they will be launching the devices at 12:01am on 11th in the 4 major centres (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin). Keep reading for more info and the full press release… including plans.
We got wind of this back when the iOS 5 betas came out and Telecom’s settings were already in place for the APN. We soon realised that they had a Carrier Bundle built into the phone. This got us to thinking and we had done some tests and we realised that 2degrees did not have one. There is only one way a carrier can have a bundle on the iPhone… (officially) and that is if they are an “official carrier”.
We then saw the website debacle yesterday with the iPhone link coming and going this pretty much cemented it in our minds, however we didn’t want to blow the whistle early… you know, just in case.
One thing’s for sure though… Vodafone are not going to be happy about this, but who cares! We can now hopefully have a good launch party!!
MEDIA RELEASE 8 November 2011
Telecom New Zealand to Offer iPhone 4S on November 11
New Zealand – November 8, 2011 – Telecom New Zealand today announced it will offer iPhone 4S beginning Friday, November 11. iPhone 4S will be available starting at $0 for the 16GB model, $49 for the 32GB model and $249 for the 64GB model with a new two-year contract and data plan. Telecom will also offer iPhone 4 8GB and iPhone 3GS starting at $0 with a new two-year contract and data plan. iPhone will be available at Telecom retail stores and online at Customers can pre-order iPhone 4S at telecom.co.nz/iPhone,and Gen-i clients can pre-order iPhone through their client manager. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics and full 1080p HD resolution video recording. With the launch of iPhone 4S also comes the launch of iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features; and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.
For more information on iPhone 4S, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone.
For more information on iPhone 4S with Telecom XT, www.telecom.co.nz/iPhone. About Telecom XT Telecom XT is New Zealand’s smartphone network. Launched in 2009, the nationwide 3G network keeps customers connected in 97% of places kiwis live and work. An HSPA+ network with fast backhaul to over 85% of it, the XT network was specifically designed to enable fast download of internet pages and applications, creating a great mobile internet and app’s experience. For more information about the XT network, visit www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/ournetwork.
“We are delighted to bring the innovative iPhone 4S to Telecom New Zealand customers,” said Telecom retail CEO, Alan Gourdie. “With the capability and performance of Telecom’s mobile services, customers will enjoy using the many new features of iPhone 4S on our network.” From 12:01 AM on Friday, November 11, customers will be able to purchase iPhone 4S from Telecom’s concept stores in central Auckland (167 Victoria St West) and central Wellington (42 Willis St). Customers will also be able to purchase from Christchurch (Moorhouse Ave) and Dunedin (101 George Street). iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS will also be available from all other Telecom stores nationwide from November 11 from 9:00 AM. Launch Pricing and details for iPhone on Telecom XT on a 24-month term:
So is this just what you’ve been waiting for?? Let us know in the comments below.