Apple CEO Steve Jobs said earlier this month and confirmed
in a company press release earlier this week Apple is launching a new wave of selling the iPhone 4 in 17 new countries. This wave of sales includes the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The Sydney Morning Herald draws attention
to the situation in Australia, where Apple’s partner stores, due to the launch of sales, postponed the opening of stores from 8:00 am to midnight local time.
But in the race to get as many customers as possible, Optus, Telstra and Vodafone / 3 went in the opposite direction to make the wait a special event. Singer Kelly Roland (Kelly Rowland) met clients on Optus and Vodafone, treated them to those who awaited free drinks, and Telstra offered excellent cuisine.
Sources report that each company received 12-13 thousand units of iPhone 4 in the first batch, while Optus received more than 100,000 pre-orders from customers, Optus shares are likely to fall within a few days.
As it turned out, it is not without difficulties that things are going on in New Zealand, where the temporary difference with Sydney is two hours. According to local reports
, Apple’s deal with Vodafone was canceled because all references to the device disappeared from the courier’s website yesterday, and nothing was announced about the other plans. It is also reported that Vodafone this morning published signs in its stores that sales will not start today.
The changes would seem to have left customers with unlocked iPhone 4 models and unsubsidized prices, available only through Apple’s online site as the only opportunity in this country, although rumors also suggest that the device might be available there through other retailers .
A Vodafone spokesman declined to comment and send questions to Apple, whose representatives have not yet put forward nzherald.co.nz.
But it is clear that Apple’s deal with Vodafone has been terminated and the gadget will not be available in New Zealand stores tomorrow, only on-line from Apple.
However, another rumor is gaining momentum on Twitter that the seller JBHiFi will still sell iPhone 4 tomorrow.
South Korea, as originally planned, will also be included in this wave of sales launches, but Jdobs said at 4 iPhone press conferences earlier this month that the launch there will be delayed because the company is awaiting government approval for this device. Government officials dispute this opinion, however, they argue that Apple still has to submit an iPhone 4 for approval.
At the presentation of the iPhone at the Apple International Developers Conference in June, Jobs announced that 24 undefined countries will be included in the third wave, which will begin in August, and another 40 countries will see the iPhone 4 in September, resulting in a total number of countries will be 88. However, it is not known whether Apple is still planning to stick to this schedule.Update:
We heard that both Vodafone and JB Hi Fi claim that there was a “buggy error” responsible for canceling today's sales launch in New Zealand.Original