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Troubled iPhone 4 to go on sale

Troubled iPhone 4 to go on sale

Vodafone will begin selling Apple's iPhone 4 in New Zealand on July 30 but is yet to announce pricing or confirm it will supply "bumper cases" to fix the device's antenna problem.

The latest iPhone had a troubled debut, with complaints of widespread antenna and reception issues after last month's launch. Apple addressed the issue – caused by users accidently muffling the built-in antenna – with free "bumper" cases.

Vodafone spokesman Matt East said Apple had not confirmed it would provide the cases in New Zealand, but it was safe to assume customers would get them.

Pundits have picked the iPhone 4, with video-calling, a higher-resolution camera and better display, will cost $1100 to $1500.

Meanwhile, Apple has released official prices for its iPad tablet computer, due out in New Zealand tomorrow. iPads will start at $799 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model.

Vodafone has announced that it will offer dedicated data plans for iPad with wi-fi and 3G in New Zealand from tomorrow, the day the Apple device officially goes on sale here.

The data plans for iPad will be available on a month by month basis, providing users with the freedom to activate or cancel a plan at any time.

“We’re delighted to offer dedicated data plans for the iPad wi-fi and 3G on New Zealand’s most reliable mobile network," says Kursten Shalfoon, Vodafone New Zealand’s General Manager of Consumer Marketing, in a statement from Vodafone announcing the data plans.

"More and more customers want to access the internet wherever they are and iPad wi-fi and 3G will allow them that freedom in over 97 percent of where New Zealanders live, work and play," he says.


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