Apple iPhone 2.0 coming to South Africa on Vodacom

 May 6th, 2008

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UPDATE: Will the new 3G iphone be here in South Africa on the 20th July 2008?

Apple Iphone

Yay! The iphone, Apples flagship mobile phone is finally making its way onto South African shores courtesy of Vodacom. But South Africans arent the only lucky ones, 10 other countries (Australia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, and Turkey) are also gearing up for the iphone on the vodacom network. Hopefully this will be a global release coinciding with the release of version 2.0 of the iphone. Apple announced earlier this year that it expects to ship the next generation of their sensational iphone with the firmware version 2.0 sometime by the end of June 2008.

According to Vodafone’s May 6th Announcement, which I personally feel deserves much more fanfare than the two lines their PR team spat out, Vodafone has signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iphone onto their network in 10 countries sometime “later this year”. Im really looking forward to this, seeing that we finally have an official channel to supply the handset locally. The iphone is already widely available here in South Africa, and works on all networks – but this is achieved only by jailbreaking the device – so that it may be able to run on our “unsupported” networks.

Earlier this year, apple released the SDK for the iphone, allowing developers to create third party applications for the iphone in readiness of the ver. 2.0 firmware. Its no guess that this new version will come with at least 3G support, real Exchange and ActiveSync protocols, and a host of features targeted towards the enterprise. Apple will also be allowing developers to sell their applications that they developed for the iphone on the itunes store.

All of this brings a few questions to mind:

  1. How vodacom will market this product? Will they market it as it is – a wonderful handset, phone, music player, etc. or a business tool for the corporate professional?
  2. Will the itunes store open its doors to South Africans as well?
  3. Will this release co-incide with the global version 2.0 firmware release?

One thing i am certain of: I can sense “George” from the vodacom adverts thinking of something interesting to say about his new eye-phone.

Comments Feed
  1. brendan

    just a question-i wonder how vadacom will price the iphone realtive to other similar devices on the market? will they offer similar packages as one sees on the apple website or will they be allowed carte blanche on the package offered? cool thanks cheers b:)

  2. mozami

    Interesting point there, Brendan. We just have to wait and see – i strongly suspect that it will be something along the lines of apple’s current global pricing structre, although thats just my guess.

  3. [*name.txt*]

    Cheers for the info. Have you had an ihpone unlocked before?”

  4. paige

    how much is the iphone?

  5. Modified Car Club

    I have an IPhone here in the uk and there awfull to Browse the net for instance my website shows well on any fone but not the ifone it loos squished

  6. bethany

    hi love to have an iphone but i cant

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