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Thursday, November 22, 2007

iPhone in Germany

In Germany, iPhone is sold with a price tag of 399 euros. But then you must sign a 24 months exclusive contract with T-Mobile, with a minimum plan of 49 euros monthly fee. This means (ignoring depreciation) at least you'll lose 1575 euros in total. With one time activation fee, that makes it 1600 euros. On top of that, if you want to actually make a call, be ready to face the 39 cents/minute rate, which is (insanely) expensive compared to other offers. The fact that it is T-Mobile is also interesting, I don't know whether it means a bless or a disaster.

Due to a move from Vodafone, T-Mobile is also forced to sell an unlocked iPhone. So you can pick your favorite provider but only if you're ready to shell out 999 euros for that. Might be better, but 999 euros? You can get 21 Motorola w205 with that amount of money :-) Or do/buy other sensible stuff.

Usually I am not that skeptical. But this does not sound like a success recipe at all.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

But still, according to TIME, November issue, it is the best invention of the year (not trying to defending it though) Do you not used to very fond of gadget?.......

Anonymous said...

"On top of that, if you want to actually make a call, be ready to face the 39 cents/minute rate"???

Only you if you exceed the included minutes, which are 100 (>1.5h) for the smallest tarif.

Temet said...

You should never doubt about Apple's sheeps!

(French expression... I hope the meaning is good in English too)

Anonymous said...

Can we please try to ignore Apple a little harder? The hype is really getting on my nerves. I mean, the Eee PC's hack value is at least two orders of magnitude higher than the iPhone's. Still there is much more hype around the iPhone, and that's pure marketing and people that buy the marketing.

Anonymous said...

You can't really compare iPhone with Eee PC, a real competitor for iPhone will be http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Neo1973 once it's released to the public.