MTN and Vodacom launched the iPhone 4 last night, and by 11AM on Vodacom SMSed all their customers, saying “Thanks for your interest. The newest Smartphone in the world was however SOLD OUT on its debut.”
This is the first iPhone release that doesn’t require a user to buy their phone through Vodacom which may result in a more competitive pricing structure for consumers.
The iPhone 4 will initially be available only at selected outlets, although a country-wide rollout is expected within a couple of months.
The Vodacom stores selling the iPhone4 are Vodaworld Midrand, Cellucity V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, Vodashop Gateway & Cellucity Gateway in Durban and the Vodashop Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. Over 36 MTN stores are carrying the phone, according to the website.
The MTN TopUp 200 iPhone contract will cost you R379 per month, and gives you 150MB data on a 16GB iPhone4.
For another R50, your data limit is increased to 300MB per month. These deals also include R200 airtime.
The equivalent 16GB iPhone 4 from Vodacom requires a buy-in of R129 per month for the instrument, plus a monthly fee of R430 per month for the per second billing, which will amount to approximately R560 per month, which makes MTN the cheapest iPhone 4 stockist in the country.