Vodafone slashes iPhone pricing: how it stacks up vs Apple direct & Telecom rebates
Vodafone has made its iPhone 3G 8GB available for no money up front if you sign for on a 24-month $130 a month plan.
It has also introduced a $200 rebate for anyone who buys an iPhone 3GS 16GB or iPhone 3GS 32GB on an iPhone $80 or higher plan.
The new pricing means an iPhone 3GS 16GB now costs $399 (rather than $599) on a 24-month iPhone $80 plan (see Vodafone's full new pricing here).
There’s a catch, however. Both deals expire on March 31 next year. With Telecom and 2degrees (which will launch 3G data plans in the New Year) still circling around Apple’s handset, Vodafone is keeping its options open.
There is still no word on whether Vodafone’s free 3GB of data a month/free pxt deal for iPhone users - which was earlier extended until October 31 - will be rolled over.
For those who want to buy an iPhone without contract, Apple’s NZ webstore (whose pricing includes delivery) remains the cheapest option on full-price deals:
iPhone 3G 8GB
Vodafone price: $979
Apple online price: $950
iPhone 3GS 16GB
Vodafone price: $1179
Apple online price: $1149
iPhone 3GS 32GB
Vodafone price: $1379
Apple online price: $1349
And if you want to take your contract-less iPhone over to XT, Telecom is offering the following rebates for Vodafone defectors (which apply to any 3G phone, not just the iPhone. Telecom’s former $600 iPhone blanket rebate has been discontinued):
24-month plan: monthly cost (rebate)
One Rate 100: $49.95 ($150)
One Rate 180: $79.95 ($220)
One Rate 250: $99.95 ($300)
One Rate 400: $149.95 ($300)
One Rate 750: $449.95 ($400)
One Rate 1500: $799.95 ($500)
The new pricing means an iPhone 3G 8GB that now costs $399 on a 24-month Vodafone iPhone $80 plan would effectively cost you $959 after buying it direct from Apple, then pocketing Telecom’s rebate on a $79.95 a month OneRate 180 plan.
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