iPhone 3G S launched in SA

2009-07-31 10:16
Apple's new iPhone 3G S has arrived in South Africa. (Apple Inc, AP)

Apple's new iPhone 3G S has arrived in South Africa. (Apple Inc, AP)

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Cape Town - The long awaited iPhone 3G S has finally arrived in South Africa.

The "fastest, most powerful iPhone yet" will be launched on Friday by Vodacom South Africa at all participating Vodacom outlets.

Vodacom will continue to be South Africa's exclusive distributor of the iPhone.

"The first batch of Apple's iPhone 3G S has arrived in South Africa this week and should be available in participating Vodacom outlets from today," Nicolene Visser, the Vodacom Group's Executive Head: Corporate Communications told News24 on Friday morning.

The 16-gigabyte version of the 3G S will cost from R1 999 to R4 199 and a 32-gigabyte version will cost from R2 999 to R5 199, subject to a 2-year contract with Vodacom, and depending on the type of contract that you take out.  Check out the tariff packages here.

Apple Inc first unveiled the iPhone 3G S at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on 8 June.

It was launched internationally on 21 June in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
The new 3G S model of the iPhone, looks the same as the 3G iphone which came out last year, but sports a faster processor, longer battery life, an internal compass, a video camera and a photo camera with better resolution and auto-focus.

"The 'S' stands for speed, because this is the most powerful iPhone we've ever made," Apple's vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller told the San Francisco conference in June.

News24 phoned a few of the participating Vodacom outlets to check availability.

Whereas the bigger stores in main centres like Cape Town and Johannesburg were confident that the stock would be available later on Friday, some of the smaller stores said that they would only have the stock within two to three weeks time.

"The first batch of phones will be distributed to the stores who placed their orders first," Visser explained. "It's a bit like first come, first serve," she added.

In theory, someone should be able to walk into a store and buy the phone on the spot. "Customers shouldn't wait more than a day or two for delivery," Visser said.
However, the other stores will receive their stock soon after, when the second batch of phones arrives from Apple. "The second batch of iPhones is expected within 2 weeks' time," Visser said.

For more information visit Vodacom's website or your nearest Vodacom outlet.
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