Telstra finally woos the iPhone

Telstra finally woos the iPhone

Summary: Telstra customers won't have to feel left out any more, now that the telco has announced that the iPhone will be winging its way to its stores 11 July.

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Telstra customers won't have to feel left out any more, now that the telco has announced that the iPhone will be winging its way to its stores 11 July.

For the telco, it has been better late than never.

Although it was rumoured to be gearing up for an iPhone launch in May along with fellow telcos Optus and Vodafone, but when the official announcement frenzy actually started, Telstra's hands were empty.

Reports circulated that it had been in on the deal but had botched it by arguing about whether a Telstra iPhone would come preloaded with Sensis content.

However, all seems forgiven, with Telstra finally announcing it has joined the iPhone 11 July stampede.

"iPhone 3G is an amazing product and we think Telstra's over nine million mobile customers will love it as much as we do," Tim Cook, Apple's COO, said in a statement.

The Next G iPhone 3G plans start at AU$30 per month with an upfront cost of AU$279 for the 8GB model and AU$399 for the 16GB model, although the 8GB model is free on AU$80 plans and the 16GB model is free on AU$100 plans. All plans require a 24-month contract.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Mobility, Telcos, Telstra

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  • O happy days!

    They've seen the light!
    anonymous
  • looks good.... so far

    and the prices seem reasonable too....

    but remember, Telstra [after all] has to screw us on something.. and expect it to be data costs :-(
    anonymous
  • My opinion

    I think when it comes to data costs it will still be $2 for 1MB. Yet I think Telstra should release a new set of BrowsePlusPacks exclusive to the iPhone.
    anonymous
  • data costs

    if telstra does try to rip you off on data costs, then we should protest by using wi-fi conections every chance we can get untill they become more reasonable
    anonymous
  • data costs

    Or you could just buy it from Optus or Vodafone. The only good of this announcement is that more competition will help lower the prices alround. I think I will wait 12 months to see how much they drop.
    anonymous
  • Next G superior.

    Why buy an inferior product (reception wise) when Next G is available, Go for gold Australia.
    anonymous
  • data costs?

    Besides the aforementioned rip off data costs you mean?

    Next G may well be superior, but Telstra don't care if you 'protest' by not using data and only using wi-fi, they still get their month fee. The only 'protest' they understand (and the impact of this is questionable) is taking your business else where.
    anonymous
  • Sydney Lawrence

    Sydney, do you work for Telstra? I am quite disinterested in the Telstra good/evil debate, but you are so blindingly loyal to a company that (rightly or wrongly) has clearly alienated a group of people/customers it is hard to believe you are not signiing for a cheque at the end of the month.
    anonymous
  • Sydney Lawrence

    Sydney is an avid Telstra shareholder. Of course he has reason to talk them up at every opportunity :)

    Reasonably good pricing here, though you have to wonder about data costs. And I await seeing the likelihood of Optus and Vodafone being cheaper ...
    anonymous
  • Sydney Lawrence

    And why souldn't he.

    Seems like a fairly intelligent idea to invest in the Telco that dominates the market, and pays good dividends to it's shareholders.
    anonymous
  • Next G please.

    Sorry if I have offended anyone, I was simply expressing my opinion and did think freedom of speech was still available to all in Australia.

    My thoughts will be proved right or wrong when Australians make their choice on the new iPhone. But I think all will admit Telstra has done the opposition like a dinner again.

    Opps! sorry about that.
    anonymous
  • ...

    Pity you have to leave your morals and ethical standards by the wayside to do so.
    anonymous
  • Sydney's Bias

    http://www.nowwearetalking.com.au/shareholder-stories/sydney-lawrence-from-manly-qld

    This explains it all. :)
    anonymous
  • GOLD!

    Ha ha GOLD!!

    The poor bugger has become Telstra's publicity machine and is trying to make those (myself included!) who lost $$ when the Telstra shares took a massive plunge from their once high feel a little better.

    I'm still a shareholder but I avoid and hate Telstra like the plague.
    anonymous
  • I seek truth.

    By the way is it a fact that the Telstra network is the only system that supports the iPhone?
    anonymous
  • Supports iphone

    Well no, my current iphone works just dandy with Optus. No plans to go 3G yet but would likely stick with Optus or move to Voda.
    anonymous
  • Telstra wins again.

    Did a bit more research and am told that Telstra is the only system that supports the new iPhone and everyone else will only be able to use slower that dial-up GPRS.
    anonymous
  • Misinformed Drivel

    Sorry Sydney, but your research must have come from the back of a cereal box (or NWAT...same thing).

    For the moment some regional areas will be required to use GPRS for Optus/Vodaphone iPhone data, but that is far from dial-up speeds. GPRS is capable of a maximum 128kb/s, which is sufficient for general use.

    Metro and major regional centre users will have no problem using the 2100Mhz HSDPA network offered by Optus or Vodaphone. The iPhone supports UMTS/HSDPA 850, 1900, and 2100 MHz.
    anonymous
  • Next G not superior.

    The iPhone is not infact the inferior product, Next G is the inferior product, sure it may have better coverage, but it's speed and prices are terrible, this is the way Telstra are, and always will be, they're pathetic.
    anonymous
  • Sydney Lawrence

    I don't believe this for a second, even if it is, you didn't even list your source. LIES! LIES! LIES!
    anonymous