iPhone in Australia(edit)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MattyK, May 19, 2008.

  1. MattyK macrumors 6502a


    just incase you were wondering, no this does not have anything to do with the 3g iphone in australia(now it does), but a few questions.
    1) If I bought a 2G(that's right, not 3G:eek:) iPhone from the USA, by ebay, and if there was ever something wrong with it. Say battery has close to no life. or touch disappears will i be able to get a refurb here?
    2) Should i wait for 3G iPhone? I don't have a car, so GPS would be nothing for me, and i have wifi hotspots both at my school, my home and my whole area. so i think 2G should be good? and no one does video calls in highschool anyways.
    3) How much would the 2G iphone be as soon as the 3G comes out, because people will be dropping them like muhamid ali dropping white kids in a boxing match, dropping them in price, so they can sell them quicker.
    4) Is your name jonas?

    for all those in australia. what carriers do you think will support the iphone? and what plans do you think they would bring out? like.. $49 cap and get the iphone free. and how about the apple store in sydney, i think with it's release it will bring the 3g along with it. How much do you expect the bandwidth on the iphone? in 3g areas. because it's told to be very high. and also what would you consider the pricing to be?

    edit: if you can find the next words to these lyrics in question 4, you are winner HAHAHA, you are winner HAHAH
    my name is jonas,
    and i'm carrying the wheel
    thanks for all that you've shown us.
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    1. The 2G version of the iPhone will never be sold or even supported here. If you have a problem with it Apple can't help you because without the 2 year AT&T (or other supported overseas carriers') contract it's not an authorised product. If something goes wrong you're basically stuffed.

    2. You should wait for the 3G phone because it will be offered in Australia with the full support of Apple and there should be some pretty good plans going around. If they have one on a cap plan I'm in.

    3. The 2G iPhone has been unavailable in the US and many other countries for some time now in order to run out stock. You could probably pick one up cheap on eBay or somewhere similar but then you run into the problem of having an expensive paper weight if something goes wrong.

    4. No, but I'm carrying the wheel.
  3. MattyK thread starter macrumors 6502a


    ah i see.
    mm. because i really have no need for 3G to be totally honest. it's just faster download speeds for the internet, and im not fussed because the people next door have a unprotected wireless internet connection. Fools. im stealing it off them on my mb now :)
    thanks for all that you've shown us.
  4. MattyK thread starter macrumors 6502a


  5. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    No you don't not only is mine the best opinion there is but it's also the correct option.
  6. MattyK thread starter macrumors 6502a


    okay sorry sir. but other opinions are welcome.
  7. onlycopunk macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2008
    1) There's no first gen iphone in Oz, so no support. Unless maybe somehow you were able to prove to Apple that you are an American AT&T customer or O2 customer and were somehow able to send the phone back for repairs. But most likely you will not be able to walk into an Apple store and get a replacement.

    Although...Apple's warranties differ for products that are considered "mobile." Again I don't know the fine print, but it would be worth somethhing looking into.

    I am like you, in 2 months I'm moving back to Sydney with my 1st gen iPhone. So if I breaks, I'm repared to bite the bullet.

    2) As for the new phone you will have to wait and see how Vodafone and Optus are selling the phone. If you need a contract or can just do a cap plan. Hopefully you can just buy it contract free, and use a regular cap plan, and maybe add a couple bucks on for internet for extreme cases.

    3) No one knows how much they will be selling for as the time hasn't come yet. Prices will drop, but they are also dependent on how "hackable" the new phones are. They might even go up if the new phone proves to be a tough cookie.

    4) My name is Sheila and I'm a bogan.
  8. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    We don't take take too kindly to strange opinions around here.
  9. MattyK thread starter macrumors 6502a


    i see. yeah i was sorta leaning towards buying the 3g iphone on say a $49 monthly cap. but isn't internet already free on the iphone anyways? mm. i'm sorta leaning out of the 2G iphone from ebay, because as the 1st poster said, i don't wanna be stuck with a very expensive paperweight. and ifyou're names sheila, and your a bogan, you should be living in adelaide

    edit: Chundles, are you implying that you're post is the only one that matters in my thread? :p
  10. LastZion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    clever, well done mate!
  11. kineticpast macrumors member

    May 13, 2005
    Note also that if you did get the original iPhone and decide later down the track that you do want mobile internet then your only network option would be Telstra. No other Australian telecommunication companies have an EDGE network.

    Whereas if you get the 3G iPhone you'd be able to use any network and be able to get the best deal.
  12. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Yes. That is what I'm saying. All other posts are decidedly inferior and you should ignore them.

    There is definitely room for a benevolent dictator in this thread and I vote for myself.

    Internet is only free in the US etc because it is bundled in with the plan.

    No telco here has a flat rate data plan and we should expect some pretty exorbitant charges for data when the phone does arrive. I'm talking plans that start at 1.5MB per month and upwards from there.

    It's gonna be super expensive.
  13. MattyK thread starter macrumors 6502a


    i see.
    but i always thought wifi was free.. because my friends ipod touch uses wifi, but he doesn't pay.
    i'm confused
    and okay Chundles, you are superior in my thread, except for me.
  14. onlycopunk macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2008
    I don't really think mobile internet will be "that" pricey. I mean you can get a 5gb mobile internet deal from Vodafone for $39 a month.

    But you can't really use 5gb on an iphone unless you really really tried.

    Besides unless you use mobile internet for work or something, I can't imagine a high schooler needing mobile internet other then to entertain his friends with random internet crap or the fact that you can look at porn on your iphone.

    Like I said. Wait it out to see how the 3G iPhone is offered in Oz. It may end up being cheaper and less hassle to get a new one then an old one.
  15. MattyK thread starter macrumors 6502a


    isn't wifi free though?
    and your 2nd use that you listed for the iphone really never crossed my mind hahahahaha
    but i wouldn't use it for that
    entertainment, yeh, if i wanted to check somthing, just anything really.
  16. onlycopunk macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2008
    Sure Wifi is free if the place you are getting it from provides it for free. Some places charge you to use their Wifi. Wifi is just an internet signal coming from a wireless router.
  17. MattyK thread starter macrumors 6502a


    yeah thought so, so whats the point of paying for internet when im smuthered in it because people in my neighbourhood are stupid as peas and don't have passwords :p
  18. onlycopunk macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2008
    There is no point then. Some people are lucky enough to live next to such naive people. I say, take advantage of their stupidity.
  19. MattyK thread starter macrumors 6502a


    wayyy ahead of you
    using 'bills' internet right now to send this from my mb. haha. what a fool.
    so i guess i should just buy from ebay and whatever happens, happens?
  20. cazlar macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Keep in mind that if you buy from the US you will need to unlock it to use it with a SIM from Australia. So you've lost your warranty there. I don't mind, but that may matter to you.

    As it's only a few weeks, I'd wait and see what plans come out. Even if you don't need 3G speeds as you have some wifi options, it might be better to have the capability for when you don't. I'm unlocked on prepaid t-mobile in the US, and don't have an EDGE plan. Like you, I have wifi at work and home, so don't really need it. But occasionally I'm not at one of those 2 locations and want to look up something, and wish I did have an "always on" backup connection. Thank god for Google Maps cache though. I've learnt to look up a destination before a car trip to somewhere new, so I can still access it without a connection.
  21. OzExige macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2008
    Hey mate lay orwff Steve and me peas, or I'll come over there and knock yer block orwff!
  22. MattyK thread starter macrumors 6502a


  23. paulej69 macrumors member

    May 5, 2008
    CHEAP JERK - it's a creep neighbour like you that used our whole month's download limit in 3 days, by stealing our unprotected wireless internet.:mad:
    Sure taught me a lesson about security though...
    He won't be doing that again...he he he...
  24. venusian macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Hmm Im pretty sure telstra offer a $30 unlimited data plan with the hiptop.......argh trying to be patient for the iphone but i couldnt resist having a sneaky look at the hiptop *sigh*

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