iPhone 4 is set to be released in Ireland this Friday. If you follow this blog at all you know this by now. But what makes this exciting news, that is, apart from the iPhone itself, is what will the mobile networks charge for this magical device, and how will they manage it’s launch? At the moment, and only days away from launch, there is no word on the subsidised cost just yet or on stock availability.
Apple say: Phone 4 will be available without a contract for a suggested retail price of €599 inc VAT (€495.04 ex VAT) for the 16GB model and €699 inc VAT (€577.69 ex VAT) for the 32GB model through Apple’s online store (store.apple.com/ie), and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
It is of course possible that the three mobile phone operators (Three, O2, Vodafone) are all waiting for each other to announce a price, and then undercut each other.
How will the networks handle the upgrades? I am sure many iPhone fans out there are still in contract with their iPhone 3Gs and also not yet entitled to an upgrade? And what about stock, last years stock levels were disappointing for early adopters, also know fondly as ‘Apple fanboys’.
Will those not eligible for an upgrade on their mobile phone account be buying from Apple for the 600 euro price tag. Is the iPhone 4 worth 600 euro? Will there be queues like the iPhone 3GS last year?
So many things are about to happen…
What will you do? Have your say in the comments!
iPhone 4 Press Release
CUPERTINO, California—July 26, 2010—Apple’s iPhone 4 will be available in 17 more countries this Friday, July 30. iPhone 4 features FaceTime, which makes video calling as easy as one tap, Apple’s new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in stunning text, images and video, and a beautiful all-new design of glass and stainless steel that is the thinnest smartphone in the world.
Beginning this Friday, customers can purchase iPhone 4 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. iPhone 4 will be available for purchase through Apple’s online store (store.apple.com/ie), and Apple Authorized Resellers.
iPhone 4 also features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD 720p video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time.* iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which features Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4 will be available without a contract for a suggested retail price of €599 inc VAT (€495.04 ex VAT) for the 16GB model and €699 inc VAT (€577.69 ex VAT) for the 32GB model through Apple’s online store (store.apple.com/ie), and select Apple Authorized Resellers. A new iPhone 3GS 8GB model will be available without a contract for just €499 inc VAT (€412.40 ex VAT). iPhone 4 will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.