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Telstra announced that they will be offering the iPhone 3G in Australia.
Introducing iPhone 3G. With fast 3G wireless technology, Maps with GPS, support for enterprise features like Microsoft Exchange, and the new App Store, iPhone 3G puts even more features at your fingertips. And like the original iPhone, it combines three products in one—a revolutionary phone, a widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet device with rich HTML email and full web browsing. iPhone 3G. It redefines what a mobile phone can do—again.
Telstra is currently accepting registration of interest in the new iPhone 3G. Telstra joins Optus and Vodafone in offering the iPhone in Australia, and will also be available on July 11th.

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hendot

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iPhone 3G will be available from Telstra on July 11 with a range of specially designed Next G™
iPhone 3G plans that meet the needs of any customer. The Next G iPhone 3G plans start at $30
per month with an upfront cost of $279 for the 8GB model and $399 for the 16GB model.
Customers will receive the 8GB iPhone 3G model at no cost with the $80 plan and either the 8GB
or the 16GB model at no cost with plans starting at $100 per month. All plans include free Wi-Fi
access at Telstra hotspots and require a 24-month contract.


The plans look pretty good I think
 
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johnnyjibbs

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It's all about the data though. An iPhone needs unlimited data or it's useless. Does Telstra offer unlimited data?
 
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DoFoT9

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It's all about the data though. An iPhone needs unlimited data or it's useless. Does Telstra offer unlimited data?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

they day that happens is the day im rich..
thats hilarious.

telstra is a privately owned company, they work for the share holders, not the people they sell their services to. they wont give us unlimited and thats why they are so hated as a company here is aus.
 
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lstoll

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No details on what the plans include though... the Standard NextG plans at those points only include 20mb of data, so they could either be really good value, or really bad - hope we find out soon.
 
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madbad01

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

they day that happens is the day im rich..
thats hilarious.

telstra is a privately owned company, they work for the share holders, not the people they sell their services to. they wont give us unlimited and thats why they are so hated as a company here is aus.

Well said. They're also hated for their shi*ty customer service, long wait times, high prices and out-of-the-blue thousand dollar bills. I'm glad Telstra crumbled first and spilled on the plans. Hopefully Optus and Vodafone will kick their asses with data and call value.

Privatization was such a f**k up.
 
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odedia

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I was living quite well with the 120MB limit here in Israel. Sure, I wouldn't do youtube all day long, but in general it provided most of my needs. Ofcourse, whenever possible I used WiFi
 
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nlivo

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Wow, I'm really impressed with those prices. The recently announced Canadians prices got me worried but it's all good in my eyes. I'll still want to know how data it offers and if it'll be possible to turn off the data once you clock over the monthly limit. The only thing that is a little disappointing is the 400 dollar price tag on the 16gb model. I would've thought the maximum would've been about $350. I would also like to know if they one that can be bought outright, but looking at the 16gb price tag, I could imagine it would cost A LOT!!!
 
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MikeELL

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woah this is scary

Well said. They're also hated for their shi*ty customer service, long wait times, high prices and out-of-the-blue thousand dollar bills. I'm glad Telstra crumbled first and spilled on the plans. Hopefully Optus and Vodafone will kick their asses with data and call value.

Privatization was such a f**k up.

If they were to offer >500Mb/month data included in the minimum plan I might actually consider switching back to Telstra. If Three (who I'm with currently) doesn't get it, I figure I might as well switch to the carrier with the greatest coverage.
 
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batchtaster

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Since they refuse to offer outright purchase, it looks like I'll be buying one outright from Optus or Vodafone and stuffing my Telstra SIM into it...
 
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m242

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It's true we don't know the data limits yet, but the plans all include free wi-fi at Telstra hotspots, which is pretty much the whole CBD areas in Sydney and Melbourne at least. That is a quantum leap from previous plans.
 
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crfrider24

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yes 3 carriers in australia now. at leats we get choice for whole long they have made us wait.
 
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needthephone

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Those prices seem, and I choke as I say it, Excellent.

The free access to the hotspots will in all probability persuade me to go with, um gulp, TELSTRA!

This http://www.telstra.com.au/wirelesshotspots/locations.htm


shows the Hotspots areouind Australia-They are everywhere, in fact everywhere you would need them Starbucks, Shopping Centres, all the major city centres and CBD's, Macdonlads.

Even if $ 30 a month doesn't include data, I wouldn't have any need for 3G internet access as these hotspots are so widespread. then add my own home and work wifi.

Telstra here I come me thinks.

No way optus or voda could compete unless $30 a month included unlimited 3G data.

Plus Telstra has , it must be sad, probably the most comprehensive and fastest network in any country so this could be un beatable.
 
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MattInOz

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Steve said the 8Gb will be sold world wide for no more $199us right?

which at todays exchange rate is $227aus.
Telstra are $279 on a $30plan for 2years.

Hoping Vodafone and Optus can do a bit better.
 
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nathanxu

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Steve said the 8Gb will be sold world wide for no more $199us right?

which at todays exchange rate is $227aus.
Telstra are $279 on a $30plan for 2years.

Hoping Vodafone and Optus can do a bit better.

Isn't the US has the VAT tax? That $199 US is excluding the VAT Tax? I hope its going to be cheap anyway.
 
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overanalyzer

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I'm moving to Australia for a year in August (basing in Sydney and Melbourne, but traveling quite a bit). Having loved my iPhone for the year so far I am hoping to get a 3G iPhone upon arrival. How do Vodafone, Optus and Telstra compare? And what about Three, assuming they get an iPhone deal?
 
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Ivan P

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I'm moving to Australia for a year in August (basing in Sydney and Melbourne, but traveling quite a bit). Having loved my iPhone for the year so far I am hoping to get a 3G iPhone upon arrival. How do Vodafone, Optus and Telstra compare? And what about Three, assuming they get an iPhone deal?

All I can say is don't go with Telstra unless you're going to be spending heaps of time out of the city; while Optus and Vodafone ultimately have much smaller coverage, they are much better providers where they have been established.
 
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curmi

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For those of you on 3, for example, $30 a month means $120 worth of calls, and $70 worth of free calls to other 3 users.

Telstra's $30 a month might mean $30 of calls. Total.

We don't know until they reveal more information. So these plans might sound good, but I'd wait and see...
 
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NicP

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Does anyone have any idea how much data these plans give you? The telstra website is awful at giving any meaningful information on their plans.
 
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kevinnugent

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May 18, 2008
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Does anyone have any idea how much data these plans give you? The telstra website is awful at giving any meaningful information on their plans.

There's the rub with Telstra. All this sounds great but.... Wait for the detail. The devil will be hiding in there somewhere. :)
 
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needthephone

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Three haven't announced and I can't see them get it now. There network is very patchy and has to resort to roaming on other networks, which you have to pay a supplement for if you use data downloads.

A Genius at the apple store in Sydney said Three didn't meet apples basic requirements so don't hold your breath,

Three also told me to expect an announcement on the 30th June-Nothing from Three so I think they have lost if for now.

I'm with Three and when I get my iphone I will probably still keep my Three phone to make calls as it costs me absolutely nothing. I'm on First on Three which is an amazing plan.

I don't think telstra are as evil as you are making out, lets not get carried away, they aren't MS. Yes they are a big giant but they do have the best mobile network probably in the world (especially when you consider the size and some of the remote areas of Australia)and those free hotspots are so tempting.
The Next G network is impressive-go and read reviews on it and Iv'e seen it used for internet on the move.

Big companies are often the cheapest as they have economies of scale.

It also must be said that they are the only real Australian mobile company. Three are part owned by Hutchinson Wampoa of Honk Kong (or is it Orange in France, I can't keep up as Three is always changing hands it seems-nobody wants them?) Optus is Singapores Singtel, Vodafone is UK owned, Virgin UK owned.

Not that it matters but I don't mind supporting an Australian company, being an Australian! To me I'm rapidly coming round to telstra now they have iphone.

Lets see what Vodafone and Optus offer now! Just how will they combat those free wifi hotspots!! Its just great for us though.
 
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