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Pricing dispute led to NZ iPhone 4 launch delay

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, August 9, 2010
News Categories: iPhone

A last-minute pricing dispute between Vodafone and Apple led to the New Zealand iPhone 4 launch being slightly delayed, according to a new report. Stuff.co.nz claims that Apple told Vodafone to change pricing for the new handset shortly before its was scheduled to hit store shelves, which angered Vodafone and led them to threaten Apple with canceling the launch. The report says that Vodafone’s head office in Britain intervened, telling its New Zealand subsidiary to proceed with the launch. Vodafone in New Zealand told customers waiting outside its stores in the early morning that the launch was off, only to announce midday that the phone would go on sale, but only to customers who signed a two-year contract. The first shipment of phones sold out within hours, but Vodafone spokesman Matt East claims the carrier has since been restocked.

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The NZ launch was a mess! On again, off again. No info was forthcoming up to or even after the launch.
Stocks are still so low that there are large lists of potential buyers at stores for when stocks come in…it’s been a debacle.

Posted by Handsome Dan on August 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM (PDT)

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Yup, complete screw up. There were (allegedly) about 500 units in the country in launch day, and no information as to where to buy the new iPhone, etc. I ended up ordering mine from apple.com/nz, although the wait time is three weeks, so mine is *still* more than a week away, two weeks after the alleged launch.

Posted by Lawrence on August 10, 2010 at 10:55 PM (PDT)

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