Explosion of iPhone sales in England

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    Woot, now maybe Apple should do the same.
     
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    3,750 in one day? That is impressive.
     
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    Sounds like there pushing out the older models to make room for the newer 3G model ""SUPPOSEDLY"" coming in June time frame.
     
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    glad to hear sales are picking up over there even though its because of a price cut.
     
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    I'm definitely happier to purchase one at that price, but I won't - because I'm sure it's a precursor to the 3G iPhone...
     
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    I wonder how many will end up unlocked?
     
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    By the way, to everyone in the USA - England is just one "state" within the UK... please stop calling it England. London, England is acceptable, I guess... but the iPhone is available throughout the United Kingdom... That's England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
     
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    not being cheeky, but where does the Isle of Man fall in to this line up?
     
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    It's classed as a crown dependancy, they have their own government, are not part of the EU but we take care of their national defence. But in British law it's not part of the UK

    Isle of Man
     
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    In the middle of the Irish Sea of course.
     
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    The Channel Islands are pretty much the same as well. They compromise of the bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey. They are British crown dependancies although they are not part of the UK. They refer to Queen Elizabeth as the Duke of Normandy.
     
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    I must admit, I'm seeing a lot of people with iPhones these days.
     
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    if u are from that dependency, are you referred to as an 'isle of manner'?
     
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    No, just tax avoider. :rolleyes:
     
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    Was in the O2 store in Manchester yesterday on totally unrelated business (checking out their broadband packages if you must know), and they sold about 3 iPhones in the 10 minutes I was in there...


    I'm 100% of the belief that 3G is not *that* big of an issue for the vast majority of UK consumers. Its price. I think people are prepared to pay a premium for the iPhone, but £269 is a bit steep with an 18 month contract.

    £149 would be a sweet spot IMO
     
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    Thats why they call it Macrumors. Its a rumor site :D
     
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    Most of them I would think. I'm going to buy one as back up for my N95.

    This will be an initial rush which will die off pretty quickly though.
     
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    But in the United Kingdom, they don't have rumors. They only have rumours. And when you try to go to macrumours.com to get your overdue 3G iPhone rumours, it just hangs without loading. :(
     
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    For me it's not the cost of the phone (though £100 off is very nice thank you) it's the cost of the contract.

    I don't use anywhere near that number of minutes so I have an N73 on contract and an IPT. I'd trade them in like a shot, though, if a smaller iphone contract was available!
     
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    I agree with the previous poster. I haven't bought an iPhone for one reason - cost.

    Here in the UK, the networks work on the following basis.
    1) Calls / Texts cost the networks next to nothing.
    2) Handsets cost the network much more.
    3) Consumers are unwilling to pay for hardware, but happy to pay for usage.
    4) Network bears the cost of the handset, but recovers that over a fixed contract length from the ""line rental" charges.

    Apple, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to dictate to the UK market how a phone should be sold. In this case what is effectively happening is the UK consumer is paying up front for the hardware, and then paying again in line rental charges.

    Until this changes, I'm not biting.
     
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    True, however if you jailbreak it you can use it with your current network. Given that an iPod Touch is actually more expensive at £180 then it's a bit of a no brainer as to which one should buy.
     
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    Not sure if you were responding to my post or not, but in case you were... That's not really my point. My contract is up for renewal at the end of this month, and I know that if I don't upgrade the phone that comes from my network provider, the chances of them offering me a lower priced tariff are slim to none (I know some networks do, though). As a result, I'll be paying for the iPhone, and then paying again for a handset I didn't get on the contract. It just doesn't make sense to me.
     
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    I vote about a third. Probably close to a third of all iPhone users aren't on AT&T.
     
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    Source?
     

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