iPhone 4 coming very soon in Ireland? (Updated) – Who will sell?

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iPhone 4

Very soon might be over stating it a little but three mobile phone providers so far in Ireland have updated their websites to include the ability for people to express their  interest in the new iPhone 4.

Surprisingly O2 Ireland, as of writing this, has no mention of the iPhone 4 on their website, despite being the first carrier to offer the device in the first place. 20/07/2010: O2 have added information on iPhone 4 (link below)

If you would like to express your interest in the iPhone 4 in Ireland, here are the links:

Will the iPhone 4 be available in Ireland in July?

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iPhone 4

Ireland has been promised iPhone 4 for late July, but in what was described as the largest number of pre orders, Apple has ever taken in a single day, that’s over 600,000 pre orders (yes pre-orders).We assume this is not just USA. This of course crashed servers, and today pre-orders have been pushed to July 14th in US and July 2nd in UK. The iPhone 4 will actually go on sale June 24th in the US, but if you don’t have a pre-order in by now chances of getting one on the 24th are close to none.

So will Ireland get the device in late July? Maybe… stock problems have been a big problem here in the past when new iPhones were launched, we can hope that this won’t happen again, as we have a bigger choice in networks selling iPhone (3, Vodafone, O2), but as Apple struggles to keep up with pre-orders in the US, you can imagine that Europe won’t be a priority.

Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.

How to save a fortune on text messages (Ireland)

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Your will need:

  • iPhone
  • Eirtext Pro (or free version) / Jelly SMS
  • Data plan ( lets assume you have this as you are an iPhone user)

iPhone + 3rd party app = savings

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SMS

Text messages sound cheap, but collectively they add up to more than the small chuck of change at the bottom of your mothers purse. SMS messages make a fortune for mobile phone networks. A ComReg report from 2008 shows that 25 million text messages were sent in Ireland every day.

One way to save money on SMS messages on your iPhone is to use a third party application which will interface with your allocation of free web text messages on the internet. By doing this, the app will use your FREE web text allowance rather than charging you for sending text messages, even if you have an allowance of SMS messages, you can use this app as a backup for when you run out! You will find the iPhone apps in the appstore, examples include Jelly SMS, and Eirtext (Ireland).

Most Irish Mobile Phone networks offer a free allowance of webtext messages and this allowance is what those applications use, but after that allowance is spent you may be charged, so keep that in mind. Eirtext and Jelly SMS support the main Irish networks – O2.ie, Meteor.ie, Vodafone.ie, Three.ie, O2.co.uk as well as other services.

There is of course a downside. In order to send messages you will have to use the third part app each time, which uses the internet to send the FREE SMS messages (make sure you have a suitable dataplan), this means it will take longer to send a message than an normal SMS , but usually under a minute –  while the app logs on to the server and process the message.

I think this is worth the minute wait for something which is free, but some users don’t like to wait. At the end of the day it is the amount of money you can save which makes the whole process worth it, but it does take a little patience to use, and you need to get yourself into the habit of switching out of the iPhone SMS app and into the free message app each time you want to send or respond to a message.

As a side note, Apple did mention in the iPhone OS 4.0 announcement that third party apps will be able to interface with SMS messages, so it should be interesting to see what developers do with that one!

Video

Here is a video showing Jelly SMS in operation, which will give you a good feel for how these apps work

Vodafone Ireland starts selling iPhone 3G and 3Gs from today

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Vodafone iphone

Vodafone Ireland has today started selling the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3Gs. With device prices ranging from Free to  €299, and price plans ranging from €35 to €100, this is the second network to offer the iPhone officially in Ireland, with O2 having previously an exclusive contract.

Every plan comes with unlimited free Vodafone to Vodafone calls & texts and 2GB of data.
On Perfect Choice Access + 150 and above, you also get inclusive minutes & texts to any network.

When this reporter tried to order a device the online website was unfortunately down, but this is bound to increase Apple’s iPhone sales, as Vodafone is one of the most popular networks in Ireland. Vodafone Ireland is also to offer tethering on the iPhone, which is using  your device as a modem to access the internet on your laptop. This would cost an additional €9.99 for 1GB allowance, in addition to an iPhone plan.

Press Release

Vodafone Ireland today announced it will launch iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G in Ireland on March 25 with a range of 3G tariff plans tailored for iPhone customers, supported by Ireland’s number-one network. iPhone 3G 8GB will be free for all qualifying upgrades and new customers on the Perfect Choice Access 500 and 700 plans (starting from €80 per month).

iPhone 3GS is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including improved speed and performance – up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G – with longer battery life, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording and hands free voice control. The groundbreaking App Store provides access to more than 140,000 applications from games to social networking to financial planning and health management, generating more than 3 billion downloads to date. iPhone is now available in over 80 countries around the world.

“We are thrilled to offer iPhone and showcase its outstanding features on the country’s number-one network,” said Vodafone Ireland CEO Charles Butterworth. “Vodafone’s 2.3 million Irish customers will enjoy great value with a range of compelling plans including free Vodafone-to-Vodafone calls and texts as well as 2GB of data per month across all plans.”