According to reputable sources, the new 3G iPhone is on its way to an AT & T store near you later this year. That is of course, if you live in the USA.
The big question that everyone wants an answer to over here in New Zealand is, who will be the official iPhone supplier for New Zealand? Speculation has been free flowing, with some saying that Orcon will be the first official provider.
I'm not much of a tech head when it comes to IT network stuff (especially the mobile phone stuff), however, I do understand that the Orcon/iPhone speculation has something to do with Orcons ability to service customers with CIDCO phones (such as an iPhone).
Then on the other hand we have Telecom who are in the process of upgrading their mobile network to 3G specifications. Imagine Telecom launching NZ's first official iPhone in conjunction with their new 3G network. Who could dream of a better marketing story? What a coup that would be.
From a marketing perspective, I believe that the Apple iPhone brand would find the most suitable partner in the form of Vodafone. The problem with this partnership is apparently all about music. The thing is that vodafone sell individual music tracks to their users currently. Introducing the iPhone handset with it's baked in itunes store would effectively cannibalize vodafones music revenue stream.
Who do you guys think will get (or want to get) the big nod from Apple and become New Zealands official iPhone supplier?