Pricing and ordering your iPhone 3G in South Africa…

 July 12th, 2008

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I have had and seen a number of queries on this site and around the web (and offline) regarding the imminent arrival of the iphone here in South Africa, regarding pricing details, when it will eventually be available to South Africans etc etc.


Officially, all we know is that it will be available through vodacom and that the global price set by apple for this beauty will be under USD$200.00 (around ZAR

1600 as at 12 July 2008). However, this USD $200 is maximum the add-in price you would be expected to pay, if you were getting the iphone on a contract from vodacom. This is much less than what one would be expected to pay if you intended on buying the device for prepaid usage. For pre-paid (or pay as you go) customers, the price will give a nasty sting. Expect to pay somewhere between ZAR4500 – ZAR5500 – and that only for the 8GB. Whilst most apple fanboys (and gals!) should easily be able afford afford this, it may be a little too expensive for the average joe on the street. Obviously, Vodacom South Africa is yet to release its official pricing figures – so the price listed above is just a guestimate based on other official prices from around the world. The 8GB beauty is selling for AUD 729 (ZAR 5400 as at 12 July 2008) from the Australian carrier Optus and the 16GB version retails for prepaid customers at AUD 849 (ZAR 6320 as at 12 July 2008). Interestingly enough, Swisscom from Switzerland has much better pricing – CHF 519 for the 8GB and CHF 619 for the 16GB (ZAR 3900 for 8GB and 4700 for the 16GB).

What would be interesting to see, are the contract plans that vodacom would have on offer. The wireless mobile data industry is alive and thriving here in SA with technology like 3G and HSDPA – partly due to competetion between the service providers and partly due to Telkoms fixed line services failing to deliver. In other countries, the “data plans” that come with the iphone have been very disappointing – will vodacom follow suite or will they stick to their current data rates on the iphone?


So, how do you get your hands on one of these beauties – well the official apple website’s page for South African customers points us to vodacom, who have set up a micro-site for “pre-ordering” your iphone. No pricing or availability details as yet though. Signup and a rep from vodacom’s iphone sales team will be in contact when she is ready.

Another company trying to cash in on the new iphone hype is smartcom – anyone heard of them before? They have the vodacom logo and theme on their site and even their logo looks vodafonesque. Anyways, they too have set up a micro-site where you can add your details to their database and as soon as the powers that be decide its time, the smartcom sales team will be intouch. Both sites above have even bought google adwords – so searching for anything with iphone related keywords is sure to drive them lots of traffic.

In meat space, you could currently walk into a vodashop and also have it pre-ordered.


New 3G iPhone to hit South Africa on 20 July?

 June 9th, 2008

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Apple 3G IphoneSo the new iPhone hits the shelves in South Africa this July? Well rumour on the blogosphere has it that the magical date for this beauties arrival on our shores is sooner than you think. (Sunday?) 20 July 2008! According to blogger Toby Shapshak, the device is expected to be available in South Africa as early as 20 July 2008. Vodacoms official “sometime later this year” statement does indeed sound sooner than later.

Earlier, Steve Jobs officially announced the new iPhone, with the following round up of features to boot:

  • 3G enabled of course! with the option to switch the 3G off to save on battery juice.
  • Tri-band 3G
  • A-GPS
  • Flush headphone Jacks
  • Geo tagging of photos from the camera
  • The plastic curvy back has replaced the aluminium finish
  • Longer battery life
  • Available across 70 countries sometime later this year…

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.


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