Virgin Australia to launch iPhone?

Virgin Australia to launch iPhone?

Summary: Australia's telecommunications industry is abuzz with strong speculation that Virgin Mobile Australia will start selling Apple's 3G iPhone handset in the next two weeks.

SHARE:
7

Australia's telecommunications industry is abuzz with strong speculation that Virgin Mobile Australia will start selling Apple's 3G iPhone handset in the next two weeks.

CNET.com.au and sister site ZDNet.com.au have been unable to confirm the veracity of the speculation, but details passed along by independent parties appear to confirm the timing of the launch.

Multiple users on the CNET.com.au forums have also claimed Virgin would soon launch the handset in Australia.

A spokesperson for Virgin Mobile declined to deny the speculation, but said the company had "nothing to announce at this time".

So far the iPhone has only been sold in Australia by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone and the telcos' resellers. Customers can also buy the handset from Apple's Sydney retail store, although they must sign up to a monthly plan when doing so, or pay an extra fee to unlock the handset after signing up to an Optus plan.

Virgin Mobile Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of the nation's number two telco Optus, which has claimed to have captured the lion's share of the local iPhone market. However, it remains unclear if the relationship would allow Virgin to sell Apple's popular handset.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Telcos, Optus, Telstra

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

7 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Virgin are doing the iPhone - no doubt about it!

    >or pay an extra fee to unlock the handset after signing up to an Optus plan.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. If you're on an Optus "plan", there is no unlock fee. The $80 unlock via Optus is Prepaid only - which is *not* a plan.

    BTW, there is no doubt Virgin are doing the iPhone - go to their home page, view the source code and search for "iPhone". Yes, they are all ready to go, my guess is they are just finalising the plans and getting distribution and stock sorted out before an announcement in the next 3-7 days.
    anonymous
  • Virgin support told me to wait...

    I called Virgin "support" the other day to find out how long left until the end of my contract (2 months btw). They did the whole upsell attempt for another handset but when I said I was changing to another carrier to get an iPhone they said I should hold on as they may have the iPhone before my contract expires. I thought nothing of it at the time but perhaps they knew they are going to get it...
    anonymous
  • Unfortunately...

    Virgin will have 'special' expensive iPhone plans or sell the iPhone outright like optus.
    anonymous
  • Virginmobile website source code...

    website reads "<a href="/iphone"><img src="/images/homepage/jun08/iphone3g.jpg" border="0"></a>-->"

    Um! see that the directory says jun08? If they do get it, it won't be till august! This link is old news!
    anonymous
  • Available now on Virgin!......

    Buy your iphone outright now via Optus Pre-Paid. Then go on the Virgin BYO phone plan.
    anonymous
  • Confirmed it today

    $70 a month and you get $520 worth of calls, free calls and txt to virgin, and a free 8gb iphone. For an extra $4 a month you get the 16gb iphone.
    COMING THIS FRIDAY (1st August)
    anonymous
  • CONFIRMED: Virgin iPhone 3G is HERE from 12.06am 01.08.08

    As of 12.06AM 01/08/08 the virgin mobile website (www.virginmobile.com.au) is NOW SELLING the iPhone 3G in all capacities with either a:

    $70/month (free 8gb iPhone OR +$4/month 16gb iPhone: $520 credit + 1GB data) or

    $100/month (free 8gb OR free 16gb iPhone: $520 credit + 5GB data... YES 5GB! beat that telstra stinges)

    So as predicted, the rumours are completely proven! These plans are cheaper than whats been offered by vodafone and optus (even though virgin is owned by optus), and RIDICULOUSLY cheaper than anything telstra has to offer.

    Sadly I waited up all night constantly refreshing safari as soon as the clock hit midnight. Even sadder is that as I am already with virgin mobile, I will have to wait until 8am tomorrow morning to ring virgin to sort out upgrading my handset (samsung u700 that came with the cap plan, but purchased the 1st gen iphone from US unlocked).

    Finally glad to see a semi-reasonable iPhone plan for australia, though hardly anything to compete with overseas telcos plan deals, but it's at least a start.
    anonymous