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As Apple fans await the iPhone 5 announcement tomorrow morning, it seems that a lot of iPhone 4 users are listing them on Trademe in the wait of an upgrade.
I checked out trademe this morning and there are quite a number of recent listings of iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s.
The interesting thing is, the bulk of the listings are sitting around the $200-$400 mark. With the new iPhone 5 looking like it wont be a lot different from the iPhone 4/4s, paying $500 for an iPhone 4 is a bargin isn’t it?
To be honest I could not buy an iPhone 4 knowing that a newer and slightly upgraded version is just around the corner, but for those who want to jump onto the iPhone wagon this is a pretty good time to do it.
The listings on trademe which are going for the most money at the moment are the ones which have been factory unlocked. This allows the buyer to put in a sim card from any provider (Telecom, 2degrees, Vodafone) and away they go. Buying an unlocked iPhone would be a lot easier.
When the iPhone 4s came out, a lot of buyers were disappointed because no one could tell that they had the new iPhone not the old one. The iPhone 5 is likely to be slightly taller than the iPhone 4/4s, it will be interesting to see whether this is the only physical difference. Not long now…Read More
I made a post at the end of July about the iPhone 5 and more speculation around its release date – the U.S launch-date was speculated to be mid-September, and a month later for us in New Zealand. There is a possibility, however, that we will be knocked back even further due to new information about the Nano-SIM being the data-module of choice for the iPhone 5. There has yet to be confirmation that our national carriers will be ready with Nano-SIM packages on the release date.
When the Micro-SIM was released, replacing the standard SIM card, it was fairly easy to convert using a SIM cutter. The Nano-SIM, however, cannot just simply be cut – there is too much of a risk with harming the circuitry and connectors. We will need to rely on our carriers to provide us with the Nano-SIMs.
PriceBuster has reported that there has been an influx in orders for the Nano-SIM to European countries, since the information leak about the iPhone 5. New Zealand has been considered a European country in the past, and I don’t see why we wouldn’t be this time, in this case.
I have emailed Telecom, Vodafone and 2Degrees in an attempt to gain answers to whether or not they plan to supply the Nano-SIMs before they are injected into the mainstream market (i.e. solely for the iPhone 5), and hope to get a reply soon.
I will be sure to keep you all informed.
Edit (5:51PM, 14/08/2012): Telecom has already gotten back to me. Here’s what they said:
Hi Ben,Thank you for contacting us regarding the iPhone.We currently have no information on hand as to when the iPhone 5 and any associated products will be offered through Telecom. As this product does not have an official release date for the US as yet, and we we do not have any advance notice of products becoming available, I’m afraid I can’t provide any further information for you here.This is the first I have heard of a Nano-SIM however, if this is a device which is needed for a mobile we will be offering, I would imagine we would supply this.All I can say is keep checking our website for our latest products and services.Kind regards,StephCustomer Care Online
Edit (9:16 AM, 16/08/2012): Vodafone finally got back to me:
Hi there Ben
Thank you for taking the time to email us regarding the iphone 5 and Nano sim
Unfortunately we can’t comment on the next iPhone as no information has yet been made available by Apple.
Please keep an eye on our website or social media channels for any future product announcements.
Still waiting on 2Degrees, but they don’t seem to be a high-priority carrier in regards to the iPhone. I’m hoping that these companies (well, service reps, at least) have noted that there are concerns based around the Nano-SIMs in New Zealand, and passed that information on through the proper channels. I don’t really want to be missing out on any chance at an iPhone 5, simply because we weren’t prepared for the technology. There has been plenty of warning, anyway.…Read More
Most people have heard of Consume by now, in fact we did a review of it when it first came out. It has become the industry standard usage app for the iOS. However Bjango has not updated it for sometime and is not natively iPad compatible, which is leading to a clunky and rather utilitarian UI.
However, there is now a new kid on the block. Quota (by SouthFreo) may be new, but it is sleek, sexy and worth a look.…Read More
In a report from NBR 2degrees have confirmed that they are to spend $100M over the next two years expanding their network, however they haven’t confirmed exactly where or when. But what does this mean for you? Keep reading for more……Read More
When FaceTime was launched I was excited about it, OK we already have Skype for voice and a plethora of other video calling apps, but there was something about FaceTime that seemed different and unique. However once all the details emerged and we found out that you couldn’t FaceTime over 3G I was disappointed to say the least and begun to find that FaceTime was more of a gimmick that I could show my mates when they came round the house but not make much use of in everyday life. Well, until FaceTime over 3G officially eventuates I think I have the answer… with a little help from the 2degrees Huawei E5 3G WiFi router. Keep reading to see how you can FaceTime anywhere (without Jailbreaking)……Read More
2degrees have just announced a new mobile broadband plan, and it’s insanely cheap. Providing 12GB (yes, 12!) of data that can last 180 days (6 months) for $150, the plan works out (spread over its maximum duration) as 2GB per month for $25 per month. Not only is that cheap for mobile broadband, it also undercuts the price of traditional ADSL broadband. Telecom, for example, start their ADSL offerings at $41 for 3GB.
It’s amazing what a third competitor in the mobile market has done to data pricing in the last year or so, and it’s great to see continued innovation. We can see this appealing to not just heavy mobile users, but also to lighter home users. Add in the Huawei WiFi router on offer for just $129 and you’ve got an entirely portable wireless broadband network that’s perfect for the likes of WiFi-only iPads and iPod touches.
Keep reading for the full press release.…Read More
2degrees have been working on their 3G service for a while now, and whilst some of you may have been using it in areas where they are testing it has yet to go live for the whole country.
Well today all that changes. They have released new handsets, new pricing and the 3G network has been rolled out nationwide. Hit the read more for more details and the full press release.…Read More