Vodafone have finally broken their silence on the iPhone 4S and have this afternoon announced handset pricing, subsidies, plans, and confirmed that they, too, will be hosting a midnight launch at the following stores: Queen St, Auckland; Lambton Quay, Wellington; George St, Dunedin; and Riccarton Mall, Christchurch. It will then be available in all Vodafone retail stores from 9:00am. The handset-only price is $1049, but subsidies and contracts appear (with just a cursory glance) to be similar to Telecom’s offerings. Keep reading for the press release and full pricing details.
AUCKLAND – November 10, 2011 – Vodafone today announced it will offer iPhone 4S to customers in New Zealand beginning Friday, November 11. iPhone 4S will be available starting at $49 for the 16GB model, $199 for the 32GB model and $349 for the 64GB model with a new two-year contract in Vodafone retail stores and online at vodafone.co.nz/iphone. Vodafone is also offering iPhone 4 8GB for $0 with a new two-year contract.
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.
“iPhone has really changed the way customers use and interact with their phones, the latest generation is going to change that again,” said Grant Hopkins, director of sales at Vodafone New Zealand. “Customers will undoubtedly love surfing the web, enjoying their social media and texting their friends with iPhone 4S on our high-speed, powerful network.
“We think customers are going to love the value we are offering on iPhone – especially given how much Kiwis love to call and TXT. And we have no charge for calls to voicemail. Already anyone who signs up for a Vodafone Smart Plan contract gets an extra 1GB of data every month for six months.”
iPhone 4S will be available at selected Vodafone stores and online from 12.01 am on Friday, November 11. These stores include Queen St, Auckland; Lambton Quay, Wellington; George St, Dunedin; and Riccarton Mall, Christchurch. It will be available in all Vodafone retail stores from 9:00am.
So: now that you know what both carriers are going to be offering and where, who will you pick?