After a couple of years where Vodafone New Zealand was the only official mobile operator carrying the Apple iPhone handset around here, Telecom New Zealand is now preparing to start selling the smartphone as well.
This comes after a week of speculation - from new configuration settings present on iOS 5, to a web page with a link to an iPhone page that soon disappeared earlier this week. The confirmation came soon after, and today I received this:
Who's going to be Telecom's first?
From 12:01 AM on Friday, November 11, our customers will be able to purchase the iPhone 4S from our Telecom concept stores in central Auckland (167 Victoria St West) and central Wellington (42 Willis St).
We'll also be open at that time in Christchurch (Moorhouse Ave) and Dunedin (101 George Street). The iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS will be available from all our other stores from 9:00 AM that day.
If you're one of the dedicated who plan to buy at 12:01, we've got a few things planned to make your wait as cosy as possible. Each store will have entertainment, food and drinks - free for those who register on the day, at the store to buy an iPhone.
In central Auckland (167 Victoria St West) we're holding a pre-launch event for customers who are purchasing an iPhone with live entertainment by People of Paris and Josh Leys, food and drink, and special guest Dan Carter who will help entertain customers in the lead up to midnight. Dan will hand over the very first iPhone purchased from Telecom to the lucky customer!
Excited? Registrations begin from 6pm and entertainment starts at 7pm. Head to the Telecom Building, Central Auckland (167 Victoria St West), L2 Conference Centre.
For more information on pricing and plans for iPhone on Telecom XT visit www.telecom.co.nz/iPhone
It looks like they want to make a splash. And the prices are not too bad:
Are you getting one? From Telecom New Zealand, Vodafone New Zealand, parallel imported or directly from Apple?
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