iPhone 4 headed to SA

2010-08-18 14:48

Cape Town - Vodacom has announced the South African launch of the Apple iPhone 4 on its website, but has not specified an exact date.

Moneyweb reported that Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys tweeted the iPhone 4 would be available in SA at the end of September, despite Apple's Alan Hely saying that no date could be given for local release.

Vodacom has also not released pricing information, but iPhones usually sell at a significant mark-up in SA over their US prices.

The highly anticipated smartphone went on sale in June overseas, and had its share of controversy. Apple announced recently that it would issue a free pouch to users who complained that the phone dropped calls when held in the so-called "death grip".

The financial impact of the pouch expense would be "fairly insignificant" to the company, said Abhey Lamba of the International Strategy and Investment Group.

Recently, Apple spokesperson Steve Dowling announced Mark Papermaster, senior vice president of iPhone and iPod hardware engineering, was leaving the company in the wake of the problems related to the iPhone 4.

"Apple hardware is almost indestructible. I've heard of people who have put their iPod through the washing cycle and it survived," Apple engineering project manager for Mobile Me, Erin Caton, told News24 at the Tech4Africa conference.

Apple built a solid worldwide following for the iPhone and recently overtook Microsoft to be the biggest technology firm in the world.

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  • kyle - 2010-08-18 15:06


    Can get it brand new for 6k from a grey importer shop in fourways mall!!

  • Hansie Myburgh - 2010-08-18 15:11

    When will MTN catch up and get the apple on their contracts as well?

  • GL - 2010-08-18 15:32

    Heard a figure of R14000...

  • anon - 2010-08-18 15:33

    Hey you can getter cheaper on eBay. I usually buy all my "gadget" stuff on eBay (purchased 60 items already over a 3 yr period), even with customs and shipping, it usually works out 20-40% cheaper than anywhere in South Africa. SA Business better realise that the world is getting smaller, and we dont have to "lock" ourselves to their business. My 16gb itouch ver 2 cost just under R2k, but here in SA it was selling for R4k what a rip off.

    Cape Town

  • simon - 2010-08-18 15:41

    This will just be a waste of money either way. In 2 months when they have made a bit of money off the flawed design, they will launch an Iphone 4s improving (fixing) on this version.
    At that stage Vodacom will blame apple and no one will be responsible for selling a product with a design flaw. Why are they even selling it to consumers with a problem? They will no doubt charge a premium too.
    My advice is wait and see..

  • rupa - 2010-08-18 15:46

    You'll be able to get it even cheaper from Ebay... Its the best place to purchase Apple products

  • Pieter - 2010-08-18 16:05

    I can't believe that Vodacom cannot give a launchdate - are they seriously that incompetent?

  • Sniper - 2010-08-18 16:08

    @kyle: which shop in fourways mall??? i'd cough up R6k in a second for an iphone 4. R10K + definitely unreasonable

  • Either way - 2010-08-18 16:23

    Buying a phone just to have one is crazy! get one with contract.

    even 6K for a cellphone is crazy!

  • Andrew - 2010-08-18 16:26

    You can buy it in Singapore, unlocked for R4800 cash 16Gb, no contract.
    I bought my current 16 Gb 3GS there for R5600 back in December 2009

  • Vick - 2010-08-18 16:47

    MTN doesnt have a choice.
    Apples tactic is to provide the phones to one service provider only in SA.
    Somehow Vodacom managed to get the deal.
    Now they get to charge what they like for it becasue there is no competition.
    Makes you think doesnt it.....about how the consumer in SA always gets the short end of the stick, whether it comes to Cars, phones, broadband, etc etc.

  • Desert Sky-Q8 - 2010-08-18 16:53

    Why are new products in S.A. only available long after its international launch?

  • SAmsung - 2010-08-18 19:02

    Forget the Iphone4 - check out the Samsung wave S8500 soon available here at R4200.00

  • Stephen - 2010-08-18 19:20

    At the launch in USA the purchase price of $490 advertised!!!!

  • Nico Malan - 2010-08-18 20:36

    @Hansie. Its not for MTN to decide. Apple make exclusive deals with one official provider. In the US its AT&T and in SA its Vodacom

  • Herbs - 2010-08-18 20:40

    Did they fix the network issues. The last time I checked on the news, they were doing a recall or attaching some rubber to to fix the problem cauz the miscalculated the some formula or something along those lines.

  • Al - 2010-08-19 08:27

    @Hansie, Vick & Nico Malan Vodafone got the deal from Apple and as a Vodafone subsidiary Vodacom got to launch it here in SA.

  • Wayne - 2010-08-19 08:30

    South Africa is being ripped off everytime!!I got my iPhone FREE on contract here in the UK with O2!! And that is on am £55 contract.

  • Feefs - 2010-09-02 08:57

    @Hansie, Vick, Nico and Al.
    MTN is also going to be providing the iPhone4 - see recent press....

  • Kiss my asthma - 2010-09-07 12:33

    So have they sorted out the hardware problems?

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