Chatting to a couple of people who know a bit about things carrier today we got into a discussion on when the iPhone will officially come to NZ. We have a few more in our office and I know a lot of non-tech people who are running iPhones on the VodafoneNZ network. Best guess is there are about 2500 iPhones on the network already.
While I’m sure Vodafone NZ would love to have the iPhone officially that ball is very much in Apples court. The problem is that Apple’s model is to select one network operator as preferred vendor and the rest are shut out.
Apple demands a clip of the ticket for all services delivered over the handset, even if they’re handset independent, so Vodafone Music Store, Live! and other existing services and relationships create an issue.
The iPhone is therefore much more attractive to challenger Telco’s with little investment in their own content deals.
So is Telecom the logical choice? Well the iPhone may not work on their network as the 3G iPhone is rumoured to run on 2100MHz or 900MHz and not on 850MHz.
So this will be an interesting one to watch as everyone jockeys for position later in 2008. The question becomes can the big boys even be in the race. And given the number of iPhones already in NZ and Voda’s relaxed attitude so far, does it even matter?