iPhone in South Africa Friday 26 September!

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  1. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Not that most of you care, there are only about 3 South Africans on MR anyway:D

    I'm going to be waiting in line in the early hours of Friday morning. Each Vodacom store and Apple Premium Reseller are only getting a couple of phones..

    Our 3G is also faster than what you guys in the states have:)

    http://www.apple.com/za/iphone/buy/
     
  2. mikerobert macrumors newbie

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    Dates

    How do you know that is the right date?
    I just found a page on the business times saying that the iPhone was launch this afternoon? (Tuesday 23 September)
    There are so many date going around, can any of them be true? Why hasn't vodacom giving a date if it is so close?
     
  3. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    They are worried about stock. They don't want to make a big announcement until they have sufficient iPhones.

    I work for an Apple Premium Reseller (iStore), and we were given Friday 26 September as the release date.
     
  4. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So I just got 4 iPhones today from the iStore where I work.

    We had ample stock, didn't run out despite the lines outside the store and the whole launch went smoothly.

    And here's the best part:

    Our iPhones are unlocked, and you can just buy a phone, cash, card etc., and put in ANY sim card you want!

    There is no activation process and we can sell an iPhone in a minute:)

    I'm so glad I don't have to deal with the crappy American/Canadian/British deals:)
     
  5. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    And it's funny how Everyone completely ignored the fact that the iPhone launched, unlocked in multiple countries today, including South Africa:D

    We're obviously not as important as other countries, even though our cellphone to person ratio is probably one of the highest in the world. Everyone here, no matter how poor they are, has a cellphone.
     
  6. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Enjoy. :)

    How much are they being sold for?
    Truly unlocked?
     
  7. 226896 Guest

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    Dude I'm glad you got a iPhone but... it sounds like you're trying to really big up your country. It's kinda annoying.
     
  8. qwanza macrumors member

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    Is it Unlocked everywhere in S.A or a specific area?
     
  9. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Pop in any gsm sim card (there isn't one soldbwith the phone), and it just works.

    It's R6500 for the 8GB model and R8000 for the 16GB model. It is expensive but it's nice to gave an unlocked iPhone that is still under warrantee.
     
  10. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    At R8000 My 16gb would have cost me $950 U.S in South Africa. That's $651 more than the $299 I paid with the contract in New York. Since you have to hook it to up *someone's* service to use the phone anyway I'm not sure what the big benefit is of having a contract free iphone for most people. I guess an exception being for the rare few who travel frequently and find themselves living for extended periods in various countries.

    Nevertheless, enjoy your iphone when you get it. :)
     
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  12. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    3.6mbps currently, 7.2mbps in January.
     
  13. Ant1-Hero macrumors regular

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  14. sparkyms macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    sweet dude.
    Can't wait untilnwe get speeds like that over here.
    What real world speeds you getting? Done any speed tests?
     
  15. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The cellular industry in South Africa is evolving much faster than fixed line broadband in South Africa.
     
  16. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    At the moment about 2.2mbps on average. I peak at about 3mbps late at night.
     
  17. arkitect macrumors 601

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    :eek: £520 is pretty expensive for a phone nice as it is.

    A very good move seeing the landbased infrastructure is pretty patchy.
    Necessity being the mother of invention and all. :eek:
     
  18. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The prices did drop a few hundred Rand yesterday. It is still expensive though.

    The Nokia N95 was even more expensive when it was released here a year or two ago.
     

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